Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Attitude of Gratitude! Numbers 11:4-6

Good morning everyone,
Are you always looking for what you don't have or you grateful for what God has given you?  Even though God provided more than enough, the Israelites forgot very quickly where to place their gratitude!  Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt, and the people of Israel also began to complain.  "Oh, for some meat!" they exclaimed.  "We remember all the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt.  And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic that we wanted.  But now our appetites are gone, and day after day we have nothing to eat but this manna!"  Brennan Manning reminds us that the way of gratefulness is the foremost quality in a trusting disciple.  If you interviewed 10 people, how would you determine which one of them was telling the truth?  In his opinion and I think I'm in total agreement, he would videotape the ten people for a month and then, after watching the videos, pass judgment using this criterion:  the person with an abiding spirit of gratitude is the one who trusts God.  Gratitude is expressing to the Creator no matter what happens, 'Always be joyful.  Keep on praying.  No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.'  It is a mindset to let the Lord take over and let selfishness go by the wayside!  If you truly want to make a change, ask the Lord to change your heart!  Ask Him to remind you about all the things He has brought you through and then you will have a story to encourage others!  Life is about meeting people where they are and helping and assisting them to see that there is something so much bigger than themselves.  We are in the seed planting business and God is in the Growing business.  As you awake this morning, thank the Lord for the gift of a new day and express gratitude throughout the day!  I can guarantee that others will begin to see a change in you.  Romans 8:28 sums it up best!  And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according  to His purpose for them.  God loves each of you and so do I!  May God richly Bless you as you continue the journey that He started!
Your brother in Christ,

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