Here it comes again – that ‘be thankful’ time of year.
Everywhere you look, and many things you hear, are reminders for us to be
thankful for this and that. Most days we’re able to feel pretty grateful. But
what about when life seems to be headed South and you can’t think of anything
that’s going right for you?
Take heart, my friend! God’s written the best instruction manual ever composed,
and He has an answer for you!
The Bible never says that we’re to look around us and be thankful for what we
see. It has nothing to do with anything going on in this old world – although you
must admit, we are abundantly blessed! Being thankful has everything to do with
our relationship with an infinitely Holy and completely Loving God. How close
have you allowed Him to be to you today?
There’s no way to control the circumstances of life – and we’d probably really
tangle things up if we could! Perfection just isn’t in our wheelhouse on this
planet. The best way to live is to walk in tandem with the Living God of the Bible
and keep our focus on Him. That certainly doesn’t guarantee all good times,
BUT we CAN know that while we’re watching Him, He’s running interference
against all that would keep us from a Gratitude Attitude. And that’s a fantastic
reason to be thankful!
Colossians 3 New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe ourselves
with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make
allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all,
clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members
of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
|Black Creek Bible Church
|Pastor Lawrence Bush
|The Gratitude Attitude