Thursday, 11 August 2011
Always be thankful
Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are not always the best. In fact, they may be pretty bad, but still, we are to look for something to be thankful for. I used to think people complained because they had a lot of problems. But I have come to realise that many people have problems because they complain. Complaining doesn't change anything or make situations better. Complaining amplifies frustration and spreads discontent.
Philippians 2:14 “In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing...'
A positive, thankful person is a great witness in this dark world. We shine for the Lord when we are thankful. Instead of looking at the negatives in our lives and complaining, we must look at the positives and give thanks. I Thessalonians. 5:18 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Are we thankful for.........
....the taxes we pay because it means we are employed.
....the clothes that fit a little too tight because it means we have enough to eat.
....a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means we have a home.
....the car parking space we find at the far end of the car park because it means we are capable of walking.
....our heating bill because it means we are warm.
....the person behind us in church who sings off key because it means that we can hear.
....the piles of laundry and ironing because it means our loved ones are nearby.
....the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that we are alive.
....the weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means we have been productive.
A young man was feeling very proud of himself. As a new college graduate he had become a Certified Accountant. His father had been an immigrant, and now owned his own little business. Filled with self-importance, the young man began to criticise his father’s way of keeping books. He said, “Dad, you don’t even know how much profit you've made. Over here in this drawer are your accounts receivable. Over there are your receipts and you keep all your money in the cash register. You don’t have any idea how much money you've made.”
The father answered, “Son, when I came to this country the only thing I owned was one pair of trousers and one shirt. Now, your brother is a doctor, your sister is a teacher, and you are an accountant. Your mother and I own our home. We have a car and we own this little business. Now add that up, subtract the trousers and the shirt and all the rest is profit.”
LET US ADD IT UP! We came into this world with nothing but the eternal soul that God gave us. Everything else is profit. We can never give too much thanks to God. A 12 year old boy named David was born without an immune system. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in order to correct the deficiency. Up to that point he had spent his entire life in a plastic bubble in order to prevent exposure to common germs, bacteria, and viruses that could kill him. He lived without ever knowing human contact. When asked what he’d like to do if and when released from his protective bubble, he replied, "I want to walk barefoot on grass and hug my mum.''
I Thessalonians. 5:18 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
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