“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“ (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV)
Last month I made a conscious decision to start a Journal of Thankfulness this month. Why? Because in my blog post “What Would You Do If…”, I typed…A wiseman once wrote, “It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Be thankful that you have a glass and there is something in it.” And I began to think about all the conveniences we have that people in third world countries would consider luxuries. You know, like clean water, electricity, automobiles, decent homes, food in the refrigerator and pantry, money accessibility; etc…What would our lives be without these conveniences we often take for granted?
As I began to think, on these things, my conscious was seared with how ungrateful I’d been; and my heart became saddened by my griping and complaining, instead of thanking God for what we did have. And my family members were still alive amid this pandemic. All my life I’ve heard the saying, “No matter how bad things are there is always someone else that’s worse off than you. This is not a success or failure gage, but a reality check. Because, regardless of the severity, the bottom line is we all have issues on some level or another—despite our socio-economic status. We all have a story to tell.
Jesus foretold us, These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NKJV) Suffering in the human condition can be more than overwhelming at times. Yet, still pales in comparison to what Jesus endured before and at Golgotha. His suffering on the cross overshadows our trials and His resurrection encourages us to know that no matter what; we can overcome by the blood of the Lamb and word of our testimony. Because Jesus paid it all in full—He washed all our ledgers clean and no matter where we are in this journey, His mercies are new everyday—bringing an end to some sorrows and starting fresh new beginnings in others.
This is the motivation behind my Journal of Thankfulness. What’s yours?
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