I really enjoy reading my devotion book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss every morning.
Today's passage is from I Timothy 6:17...She goes on to say that "every hint of ingratitude is an indicator of pride in our hearts, the idea that we deserve more than we're getting, that we're inherently worthy of being treated more generously by God or others. Oh, we think we deserve so much more. But how thankful we should be that God has not given us what we deserve, choosing instead to extend mercy and grace. Pride is the father of ingratitude and the silent killer of a grateful heart."
Nancy's questions were challenging to me...
Is there any resentment or frustration lurking in your heart over something that God hasn't provided, fixed, or performed?
How would a humble heart view that situation differently?
I think of all my life circumstances...some are hard...some are exciting...all are different from most other people's situations and can't be compared. Makes me sit and take stock of what I am grateful for...are they the things that matter to God...or just feel good things that matter to me?
My foundation is investing in the 2 things that are eternal...God's Word and People.
Am I really grateful for those things...or am I resentful because it would be easier to complain?
Many questions...but I am still going to choose to be joyful...
That doesn't mean that I have no frustrations or pain in life...but Alistair Begg spoke on that this morning online.
I was encouraged by his message while I was getting ready for the day in the morning...
He shared an overview of the Gospel...and how both Testaments of the Bible are like a Play...with Act 1 and Act 2.
You can't get a full picture of the scripture or play without both parts.
And when you see that, you can see Jesus in the whole thing...
When times are hard...keep your eyes focused on Jesus...not the circumstances around you...then you will have a heart of gratitude.
Are we encouraging each other towards gratitude? Or are we helping each other sit in a pity party?
I like a sulk as much as the next person...I have had many hard things happen to me in life...and some are consequences of my own choices...yet I still believe a wise believer is one that can come beside me, hear me, and yet challenge me to focus on Jesus & His greatness far above the temporary things of this world.
The opposite can suck the life out of others...and Satan gets a foothold...God isn't glorified...
Join me in my effort to point of the positives and encourage others to stay focused on Jesus...the author and perfecter of our faith!
Here is a link to the message by Alistair Begg...