21 DAYS OF GREATFUL HEART- DAY 6
Written by Matthew Myers
Edited by Lena Joseph
The following contains one of the most quoted and loved verses in the Bible. It is the subject of so many tattoos and wall hanging art and inspirational message it isn’t even funny. Today I want to look at it in the terms of thankfulness and gratitude.
Scripture To Ponder Upon
We find it easy to thank God when we are on the mountain top and all is going well. His blessings are abundant and we can say with a joyful heart how great he is. If we have faith, when we are in the deepest valley and all is going wrong, we can be faithful because he going to bring us out of it. But how often do we neglect thanking him when we are in the middle, when things are just going, OK? I guess as I have grown older and hopefully more mature, this has become easier for me. Perhaps it is simply God working in me and making me satisfied with less. Either way, now I have learned to be thankful for just having my needs met. I know this is a gift from him. When I was younger, I always wanted more. I wanted more money (still do, lol, but I am satisfied with what I have), nicer cars, bigger home, plusher furniture, fancier clothes, unnecessary toys, a lot of things that as I’ve aged, God has taught me aren’t really that important.
Getting to this stage takes time and grace from him. There is nothing wrong with desiring some things in this world, but realize that your relationship with the Lord has to come first. That and those things can never be allowed to come between you and that relationship. Oh I want a new boat…. that’s great, but when you begin taking that boat out every Sunday morning and you miss church all the time, perhaps that boat is a problem. That however is a different conversation.
My point here is to be satisfied in the gifts and blessings you have, no matter the season of your life. Always be thankful to him, even if you are struggling to pay the light bill. Be thankful that you have what you have and the life that you live. It doesn’t take much to see others who are in worse shape than yourself.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PERSPECTIVE
Look to third world countries, there are people living in what we as Americans would consider absolute squalor, but many of them are happy. If they get something to eat and aren’t out in the elements, who cares if their floor is dirt and their walls are cobbled together pieces of trash. So they own three shirts and one ragged pair of shoes. They are happy they have that. A thankfulness to the Lord for all we have is the least we can do.
Also, if you want to grow a thankful heart, stop looking at others and comparing blessings. All you should compare is your needs to what is provided. Notice I said needs. NOT WANTS. We often find ourselves looking at someone else’s blessing or their prosperity and covet it for ourselves. Notice the word I used. COVET. Remember the 10 Commandments? We do not know what anyone else has gone through or their situation. We do not know if they are living beyond their means or if things are going swimmingly. We do not know anything. What we do know is ourselves, our situation, and our heart. That is where we need to develop our thankfulness and a heart focused on Jesus.
I thank you Lord for allowing me to be satisfied with the blessings you have given me. I thank you for those blessings and ask you to do your will in my life.
THINK ABOUT IT !
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