I had no intent of blogging today, working midnights tend to take a lot of drive out of me, I feel lazy. But as I woke up this afternoon, I thought of areas of my life that I struggle with, and these thoughts, (I prefer to think of them as truths), came streaming in and I thought I'd like to share them.
THOUGHT: Being thankful for right now....makes my tomorrow.
Paul stated in 1 Thes.5:18 "Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (HCSB) I notice in this passage he didn't say "for everything," he said "in everything." The situations we are in today, may result outside of our control. Perhaps bad news from a doctor, or loss of someone, etc. has happened. These I can be thankful through, not for. But for things that occur from day to day living that produce anxiety or frustrations, the moment I realize God's hand working and guiding my life, in that moment, I can be thankful. I learn and grow in maturity, both in my Christian walk and in sobriety. It seems this moment of clarity gives me insight into how God takes us through the seemingly darkest places to teach total trust in Him. I learn very little, or have little growth when I'm on the mountaintop, and evrything is going my way. In fact, there I tend to forget if I linger there too long. Nonetheless, I am thankful for both good and not so good times.
THOUGHT: Accepting the position I'm in.... promotes me further.
You and I may have some real complaints about our jobs, our relationships, our home, the car we drive, there may be many things we would love to change because we feel stuck, and know we could do better....if only. 1 Tim.6:7-8 "For we brought nothing in to the world, and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these." Beautiful thoughts but we seldom are content, we always want more, then we want more again, but better this time. Here is the reality. If I want change in my life, then I must accept where I'm at, what I have now. If I want a better job, I have to be grateful for the one I have. If I have no job, I need to be grateful for the job God has for me, or the fact I'm clothed and fed. If I'm having relationship problems, I have to accept where things are now, be grateful, and then that relationship will grow when I get out of the way and give it some "Sonlight." If I am without a relationship, I can show gratitude and find ways to serve others, and God will prepare a person for me, or repair me so I can be in a relationship. If I am unhappy with my residence, I can begin to see the good where I'm at, so God can take me to the next place. All of the things in life can improve as I do. Acceptance is key.
THOUGHT: Acknowledging my weaknesses....brings in God's strength.
That thought is conditional. I have to tell Him I'm weak, acknowledge and ask His help. God makes something from nothing. He makes somebody out of nobody. 2 Cor. 12:9-10 "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.....So because of Christ, I am pleased in weaknesses, in insults, in catastrophies, in persecutions, and in pressures. For when I am weak, I am strong." Paul gladly went through a living hell in life, to understand and have the power of God resting on him. Our acknowledgement of our inabilities when talking to God, is as though He says in response, "I'll get it for you child." He then gives us the help we need for every situation, and we know He's the source each time we're in trouble. We go to Him automatically, no questions.
I had these thoughts in my mind this morning, now I'm ready to go out and live them, but I wanted to share them with you first. I really pray these help you, and many others. Thankfulness, acceptance, and acknowledgement to God. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.