Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Be Thankful For What You Don't Have
1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 NLT
18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Some people have trouble being thankful unless they have a perfect life with everything they think they should have.
But with the right perspective, you can be thankful when you have nothing. You can be thankful at least that you are not being overwhelmed by bad things.
There are many people on a deathbed with cancer or other diseases, who would gladly give all their financial assets to be free from their disease. You probably would too, if you were in that situation.
So, if you are not afflicted with a deadly disease right now, then you can, and should be thankful, no matter what else is happening in your life.
"But preacher, I do have a deadly disease and the doctors say there is no hope. How can I be thankful?"
The fact that you are reading this demonstrates several things. First, you can read -- and still have vision. That is more than many people have. You can be thankful for that.
No matter how bad your situation or circumstance in life may be, there is someone somewhere who has it worse than you do.
Some people desperately wish they had a large house or a fancy car like their neighbor, not realizing the huge payments their neighbor is making. You can be thankful you don't have to make the big monthly payment.
If you are living in peace, you should be thankful that war is not raging on your doorstep.
Why not take a moment right now and make a list of all the bad things you are thankful that you don't have.
SAY THIS: Thank You Lord for all the bad things I don't have.
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