I am so thankful I am alive and have the privilege of serving God. Waking up every morning to a beautiful Prairie sunrise gives you a perspective on how majestic God is. When I see the amber, peach and mauve hues filter across the skies in the early morning hours, not only am I breath taken, but I am struck by the handiwork of my amazing God.
I want to encourage you to start your week with a thankful heart. The apostle Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” There are a few key points to note about a thankful heart:
1. Genuine thankfulness is not dependent on circumstances: Because I eat steak today and I can only afford bread tomorrow should not make me any less thankful. I ought to be thankful that I am alive and breathing God’s air for another day. The Bible encourages us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” That means whatever the circumstance of my life I should still be thankful. "Always' means every moment of each day of all months of the year!
2. Genuine thankfulness will change your perspective on life: When you are really thankful everything looks different. I found this lovely little quote that says it all; “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
3. Genuine thankfulness will turn stumbling blocks into stepping-stones: it is amazing what a thankful heart can produce. When your heart is full of gratitude you are not aware of what you don’t have rather, you are fully conscious of all your blessings. And the best thing about a thankful heart is that when there are stumbling blocks along the way they simply become stepping-stones for your tomorrow.
I trust you will have a very blessed week. Start out by thanking God for all the blessings in your life. When I was young we sang a song that went like this; “Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessings see what God has done, Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” Start this week by counting each one of those blessings in your life. Have the best week ever.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,