Using the picture above, imagine the words are the trash in your life. How hard is it to focus on the beauty in the background? As humans, we tend to set the blessings in our life on the back burner and easily forget about them. On the front burners, sometimes turned on high, we boil self-pity and focus on all the “problems” in our life.
This workout was bike riding, not running, but I still asked God to teach me something. As I peddled down the road, I noticed the front of someone’s yard was covered in trash. You could tell while everyone was sleeping that a coon had gotten into their garbage can and had a feast.
The Bible tells us so many times to remember all His blessings, to give thanks in all things, and to tell others of His works. When will we obey? I know for me, fulfilling these commands may be some of the hardest ones. Yet, how long does it take to say, “thank you for…”
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thessalonians 5:18
I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.Psalm 77:11-12
I have noticed that the more I thank God, the more of a difference I view those things. If I can remember that God works all things for my good, if I love Him, then why shouldn’t I be thankful for everything? I remind myself that the Bible doesn’t say, Be Thankful, but to GIVE THANKS!
Recently I have been trying to give thanks at some point every day.
Will you join me?