So many people today are quick to complain about what they see wrong with their life instead of being thankful and appreciative for all that is going right. We all have two ways that we can look at our life; we can either see our cup as half full and be grateful for our many blessings that enrich our life or we can see our cup as half empty and murmur and complain about what we see wrong in our life. For me it has never been a question to be an optimist because why would I choose to live in misery focusing on what I lack rather than having a vision of victory giving praise and thanks to God for supplying me with His innumerable blessings? The Bible declares in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” That is how I know it is within our ability to choose life by choosing to be thankful, by recognizing our blessings and by showing our appreciation for all that we have been given. (Psalm 34:1-10) (Ephesians 4:26-32)
No matter what you may be going through in life I want you to know that it is within your ability to look past any negatives and focus more on the positives. A hurting heart will become no better when it focuses on the pain, but if we change our focus and see what we still possess our perspective will change from one of sorrow into one of Praise and Thanksgiving. That is how each of us should lead our life. Not looking at what we’re missing, but seeing all that we still possess. I believe the Lord smiles down upon those who lift up their eyes towards heaven with hearts that are contented and mouths that speak of His wonderful works and bring into remembrance the many times that God delivered them at just the right moment. (Psalm 37:3-6)
I encourage you to see your life’s cup as half full at all times. Don’t allow any negativity to infiltrate your being, but with laser focus be determined to see the good, to speak words of praise and give God thanks that He is with you no matter what may come your way. (Proverbs 4:20-26)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be quick to give God thanks for all that He has done for you.
THE SOUND OF A THANKFUL HEART
“When ye will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving unto the Lord, offer it at your own will.” - Leviticus 22:29
One day, while paying my electric bill, I decided to thank the company for the service they were providing me. “Thanks for my electricity,” I said, “It's really quite a bargain for all the benefits I receive.” “What!” said the lady behind the counter, in amazement, “That's the first time anyone has ever thanked us. All I ever hear around here are complaints.”
It's a challenge to grow up with a thankful heart. From an early age we are exposed to a culture of complainers, gripers, grumblers, and critics. We complain about the weather, traffic, food, work, neighbors, bills, the government, church, and life in general. Worst of all, we are ungrateful toward God. It would be hard to count the number of complaints and criticisms that are daily spoken before Him and against Him. How can we, who have received so much, be thankful for so little?
One of the great indicators of true spirituality is not measured by how many times we go to church, how big our Bibles are, or how long we pray, but it is measured by the level of gratitude that is in our hearts. When we are ungrateful, the heart of God is saddened, the Holy Spirit is grieved, and the joy of the Lord is quenched within us.
Being thankful sweetens you, grumbling sours you; being thankful brings sunshine to your countenance, being ungrateful casts a shadow; being thankful brings a melody to your words, criticism makes you sound like a clanging cymbal; being thankful keeps your feet on the pathway of celebration, complaint takes you down the road of despair.
When our hearts are filled with gratefulness we may feel like our thanksgiving is inadequate, but we can be certain that our thanksgiving is always appropriate. It will gladden the heart of God to hear your heartfelt thanks being freely offered to Him today.
By Roy Lessin
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 33:18-22 “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His Holy Name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee.”
Romans 8:16-18 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM
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Today’s Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry