This morning in my quiet time I was awakened to a new thankfulness for God’s love. We have talked a lot this week about thankfulness from different angles. It occurred to me today that there would be no need to be thankful if it was not for God’s love for us. That is where thanksgiving actually begins – because He first loved us. That is where it begins because if He had not loved us we would be completely without hope and the gratitude that comes along with it.
I am going to make a confession to you. I do not always make my bed. Which camp do you fall into on the issue of daily bed making? Some people think it is a moral flaw to not make your bed every single day, some think it is an effort of futility because you are going to just unmake it again in approximately 16 hours, and others are completely apathetic to the entire concept (they don’t care one way or the other).
This being the week after Thanksgiving Day in the US, I have been thinking a lot about being thankful. I read another blog just today about thankfulness and it really hit home with me. I have been thinking about how simply being thankful can change your attitude in almost every situation – good or bad. Honestly, being thankful can change everything.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
“16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
At the last supper that Jesus had with His disciples, in that upper room they were meeting in, Jesus talked of many things – preparing them for what was about to happen to Him and to them. One part of the conversation was about the fact that Jesus was going to His Father and that He would prepare a place for them.
“‘You know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?’
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”
Do you ever want to give God your thoughts in a particular situation? Do you let Him know how you think He should work things out? I know I do. Pretty audacious, even ludicrous when you think about it.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Rejection? Injury? Death? Being alone? Losing someone you love? We are afraid of so many different things. Avoiding dangerous situations like not standing on the beach in a hurricane or riding with someone who drives like a maniac is just reasonable and not what we are talking about here.
2 Timothy 1:6-7
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
There are times when I am walking around brooding and on the verge of tears about something of which I am not even aware. This may sound crazy to you…
…but I stop and ask myself, “What are you upset about?” Then I can usually pull back the layers of emotion and get to what is going on in my head. Most of the time, I am upset about something I said or something I did and what someone else will think.
Yes, again today we are talking about me. I expect this to be uncomfortable to painful from beginning to end. If you think you are sensing that I am squirming in my chair – you are sensing correctly! Continue reading “People-Pleasers Anonymous”