by: Steve Perkins
What are the first three “I’m grateful for…” things that come to your mind today? Family, friends, health and home are likely top contenders. What about unfriendly neighbors, that persistent rash, or job insecurity? I didn’t think so.
It’s human nature to be grateful for the good things in life, but it’s the Christian’s nature to be grateful for all things in life. It seems gratitude in the face of hardship, misfortune and annoying relatives serves a purpose in our spiritual growth.
When we live in conscious gratitude to God every day, it’s hard for us to grumble, complain and feel sorry for ourselves. Because we’re not grumbling, complaining or feeling sorry for ourselves, guess what? It’s easier for us to pray frequently, love our neighbor as ourselves and be open to sharing why we have so much for which to be thankful.
Of course, the source of our gratitude is God’s grace and forgiveness to us through Jesus. Knowing our eternal future is secure frames even the most daunting of life’s hardships and disappointments with the redemptive plan of God’s love for all mankind.
May your Thanksgiving 2020 celebration begin and end with God’s eternal love for us in Jesus.
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:1-8