Thankfulness: The Secret Sauce of Life

Last week I made the best sauce I’ve ever tasted in my life. The creamy, tangy mix of avocado, lime, garlic, and cilantro was partying in my mouth like it was New Year’s Eve circa 1999. You know me and that I never exaggerate (ever), but this may have been the best sauce the world has ever seen or will see henceforth. I have a call in at the Food Network asking when they’d like me to start my new show: Kick Booty Sauces with Jessie. (Never mind that all I did was Google the recipe and follow the instructions. I felt like Rachel Ray in the kitchen, y’all.)

Thankfulness is the secret sauce of life. It can turn an ordinary life into an extraordinary adventure.

My culinary skills may not qualify me for the next Top Chef, but I do know that a great sauce can turn bland chicken into BBQ bliss, plain pasta into Grandma’s famous spaghetti, or a fish stick in a tortilla into a gourmet, Baja-worthy fish taco. A little secret sauce can transform ordinary fare into food worth savoring.

Here at LYWB, the month of November has been dedicated to thankfulness. After four weeks of putting a magnifying glass over all the Bible says about gratitude, are you catching a vision for what a thankful life can look like?

Thankfulness doesn’t depend on our situation. Like a good sauce, thankfulness actually flavors our circumstances.

I’d argue that thankfulness is the secret sauce of life. It can turn an ordinary life into an extraordinary adventure; it transforms our outlook on any situation and makes us people others actually savor.

This is what I’ve been learning this month through all these great posts: There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

That’s why God’s Word reminds us to flavor our whole lives with the secret sauce of thanksgiving.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:18).

Even in the hardest moments of life. Even when your boyfriend of three years breaks up with you in a text. Even when you snap your ACL right before the biggest game of your life. Even when your dad is diagnosed with cancer. Or your church splits. Or you don’t make the cast. Or your dog dies. Or your hair will not stinking cooperate. We can thank God in everything and for everything—even when we have to dig down deep to find a reason—because thankfulness doesn’t depend on our situation. Like a good sauce, thankfulness actually flavors our circumstances.

This month, right along with you, I’ve been challenged to make thankfulness a year-round way of life, not just a side dish to have with my Thanksgiving meal. I want to be the kind of girl who is just . . . grateful. Thankful for the good, thankful for the hard. I want to slather my circumstances with the tangy goodness of one special sauce!

I want to be the kind of girl who is just . . . grateful.

So how about you? Now that the turkey has been gobbled and Christmas lights are making a comeback like Justin Beiber, how are you going to take all the lessons you’ve learned this month about thankfulness forward with you? How are you going to flavor your life with the secret sauce of thankfulness?

Let’s create some seriously thankful buzz on social media! We’re using #WeChooseGratitude all month long. Show us some love by sharing Scripture, our blog posts, and what you’re thankful for! We’ll be sure to return the love . . . can you say freebies?

About Author

Jessie Minassian

Jessie Minassian is a speaker, blogger, and the author of ten books and Bible studies, including Crushed, Unashamed, and Backwards Beauty. She is the "resident big sis" at LifeLoveandGod.com, a Q&A website for teen girls. Her work for teens and their parents has been featured internationally through outlets such as Focus on the Family, Parenting Today’s Teens, She Reads Truth, Axis, Revive Our Hearts and YouthWorker Journal. She and her husband live and serve at Hume Lake Christian Camps in California, and have two daughters.

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