Barnabas Bulletin ~ 0016
WE HAVE SO MUCH TO
BE THANKFUL FOR
AS we go through life we experience many different seasons. There is always something or someone that causes a change of circumstances or change of direction. That's a fact of life. We have to learn to adjust and then "keep on keeping on" with Jesus. Some experiences are more hurtful than others, and it is during those times we have to "take stock" of our heart and allow those experiences to push us closer to, rather than further away from, Jesus.
Those of us who have the opportunity to travel sometimes get "brought back to reality" when we see how thousands of people live in utter squalor and poverty. Those of us in countries like, for example, New Zealand, have so much to be thankful for. We should really appreciate what we have got, rather than what we have not got. To stand in some large overseas cities with the varying putrid smells of rotting rubbish, decaying dead vermin, fish, etc., should make those of us who don't experience that every day, very grateful. Recently I walked through an Asian city. Everywhere there were spirit houses and temples with left-over food sacrifices all around.
Then to look at the people, one could not help but notice that their many generations of religious beliefs has left them helpless, hopeless and hell-bound. Their beliefs are not working to improve their lot in life - and they certainly have no real joy. But in Jesus Christ we Christians "have life, and life more abundantly!" For me that is a reality, not a hope! So much is to be gained by believing the Gospel of the Living God through Jesus Christ! Yet, far too often, we Christians grizzle and complain about "our lot." It just depends on what you compare "your lot" with. Would you like to swap places with those in Nepal, India, or Afghanistan? Let's learn to be "content with such things as we have! For He has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
Yes, it is so important to have a thankful heart and attitude. At this time, as we struggle with any negative circumstances or people surrounding our life, let's consider those who are far worse off than us, and thank God that we are privileged to personally know Him. Knowing Jesus in time and all eternity is worth far more than the current circumstances we may be enduring. Be encouraged! God bless you. - Rodney W. Francis.
Bible Readings: John 10:9-11; Psalm 46; Psalm 73; Romans 5:1-5; 2 Corinthians 1:1-14.
Please Pray This Prayer:
"Almighty God, it is an awesome privilege to know Your Son, Jesus, as my Personal Saviour, Friend, and Lord. Help me to keep my life focused on Your will for my life and not upon my circumstances or negative people. Help me to forgive those who discourage me, and help me to be so grateful for what I do have. I pray for those who are less fortunate than I, and, from my heart, I ask You to bless them in a wonderful and miraculous way. Help me, Lord, to see that I have so much to give, rather than seeing myself as someone always needy. Thank You, Dear Lord, for my future is as bright as the Promises of God. In Jesus' name I pray these things, Amen."