Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gratefulness


"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. ( Paul from Philippians 4:11-12)

Paul had experienced many uncomfortable situations during his ministry, yet he remained content regardless of where he was or how he felt physically. When Paul and his companion, Silas, were stripped, beaten and thrown in prison for preaching the Gospel, they could have just laid there in defeat and grumbled over their harsh treatment and painful wounds. However, Paul and Silas, brutally beaten and locked in prison chains, opted to sing hymns and pray instead (See Acts 16). I can guarantee you they didn't feel like it, but they chose an attitude of gratitude.

Do you tend to grumble about life or are you grateful and content? For most of us that answer would depend on how are day is going, how much sleep we got and our current hormone level! The Bible tells us that we should give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:18) not just the ones that are pleasant for us. (Anyone else besides me feeling convicted by that statement?) Look around as see what you have and thank God for it. Thank Him for loving you, for creating you and caring for you.Your daily circumstances may change but HE does not.

In the verses above from Philippians, Paul said he had the secret of being content. Do you know what his secret was? Jesus. "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." (Phil 4:13) You know what the secret is, you just need to tap into the source. He is waiting for you every hour of every day. 

Practice your attitude of gratitude. What are you grateful for today?


In His Peace -

2 comments:

  1. I am grateful for a friend like you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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