I recently purchased a cd by Joel Osteen about being thankful. Although most of the time I am pretty upbeat, even zany, I was convicted by this teaching. I need to be more thankful to the Lord for all we have, or don’t have! I need to wake up in the morning praising God for my health, my job, my family and my mind that works (most of the time!). I am especially thankful for a place in Heaven, and my sweet relationship with a loving Heavenly Father.
So we don’t own our own home, we live in a parsonage—but it’s a lovely home in the country surrounded by great neighbors and few noises, other than birdsong and cricket opera. We have no smog, we see crimson and lavender sunsets and watch bunnies prance across our lawn.
So our church is small—the people love and support us and tell us how grateful they are to have us pastor them. I have an awesome group of ladies in my Sunday School class, and Kevin gets to preach every week.
Let’s not allow the news media to manipulate us into thinking the world is on the verge of collapse just because the economy has taken a nosedive. God is still God, and this world will be here until He says not. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
I’d like to challenge you, as Pastor Osteen challenged me this week: what are you thankful for? Please share with me, and other readers, what you are grateful for. Let’s see how long a list we can make. Let’s focus on the good in our lives, and make God smile. Love you, Jen
4 years ago