Peace family, when was the last time that you were overwhelmed with gratitude? When was the last time that you allowed yourself to just bask in the praise of God?
As I enter a new season in my life with my time at Peace 107 drawing to a close, I am overwhelmed by the goodness of God. He has brought me through so many things, he has taught me so much, and his faithfulness has endured even through times that I felt abandoned. He gives me hope for the future, and the harder that my life has been, the more I have seen real miracles that only He could have coordinated.
Thankfulness can really be a struggle sometimes. Sometimes, we can become so focused on what we don’t have, what we feel is owed to us, what we’ve lost, or what others have that we don’t have, that we make ourselves incapable of enjoying that which we really do have. A heart of gratitude and worship frees us and gives us a better perspective. It strengthens us to enjoy what God has done for us. It takes us out of a grasping panic, and frees us to be more generous with our time, talents, and resources.
The world can also fight against our thankfulness. Even well-meaning friends and family might continually point out to us the things that are missing from our lives: a spouse, children, a better job, health, and so on. For several years, I’ve had a piece of paper that I taped up next to my desk on which I wrote, “BELONGING TO CHRIST IS ENOUGH FOR ME,” and I would look to that piece of paper whenever I felt troubled by what I don’t have. Peace family, belonging to Christ is enough for you, too! God really is all that we ultimately need. Really!
If you are like me, maybe you get distracted in a big worship service sometimes. Why not do your own worship service? Turn off your phone, pull out your Bible and journal, turn on some praise music, and worship God, just you and him, in the privacy of your own house. If you can’t get time alone, invite your loved ones to join in!
Let’s thank God on paper and out loud for thing after thing that he has done and given, and tell our friends and family about his goodness. Give him credit where it is due. It seems like the more that I thank him for what he has done, the more I realize that I have to thank him for. It’s a beautiful, exciting cycle!
Peace family, God loves you more than we have the capacity to understand. He wanted you as his friend and family member, and he sacrificed of himself so that you could have those relationships with him. It’s a gift of eternal significance, and he blesses us in all kinds of ways, every day, that we never notice. Let’s not take that lightly. Let’s enter a season of thankfulness and joy and declare his goodness, love, and truth to everyone we meet. In that way, we will truly make a difference in the world! God bless you, now and always, Peace family!