As I pray about the condition of the Universe and think about the trips we had to cancel or the things we are having to do differently, I think about the many privileges we may have taken for granted before. John 4:35 states “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” Often, it appears we are always waiting for things to get better or something to happen “out there” when this scripture reminds me that Jesus expressed gratitude before the raising of Lazarus!
Today, I will spend more time expressing gratitude; therefore, being able to see more of God’s universe, not the chaotic man-made one. Expecting harmony and peace, I pray to recognize it right in the middle of what seems to be appearing. God is right here, right now. When God wants us to grow, He will first make us uncomfortable.
This morning my day is beginning with Matthew 13:31,32 which reads “The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”
As I ponder this verse, I am reminded that the smallest good deed, a compliment or a smile done with Love can express the kingdom of heaven. Then the widow’s mite comes to thought. Everyone is capable of a kindness, no matter the size. It is just being alert to another’s need and this is done only by releasing self-absorption! Today I will reject any thought of self-pity, with Truth and Love for another. This is more important in our growth than a dozen sit-ups or a mile run. Complaint of any kind will be replaced with gratitude. Love will be my focus!
This morning as I was praying and asking for direction for today, my thought was about blessing everything. Then, I began to think of my body and how I have been critical and unappreciative of it over the years. Immediately, I turned to God and began thanking Him for this vehicle and was led to Isaiah 61:10 which reads “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Today, I will replace any comparison or complaint about my body with Love and appreciation!
This morning as I am studying and praying, the thought of joy came into my mind. So often, we think we will find joy when this happens or that happens when it is available right here and now. Nothing has to change humanly to feel joy! There are many fundamentalist religions that preach joy will come in the hereafter or here later, so isn’t that world thought? That does not have to be that way; in fact, the reality is that there is always something to be joyful about now. Gratitude is riches, complaint is poverty.
“The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 29:19
Today as I think about the birth of the Christ, who represented Truth and constant communion with God, was met then as now with both adoration and resentment and fear. Then, I stilled my thoughts and wondered where I would fall. Would I also see the proof of Love and Truth or would I be seduced by error and sin? Only by seeing God in everything, could I be true to Him and with His help, I can do just that.
Luke 1:35 states “The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'” That can be done only by leaving room in my consciousness for the perfect and harmonious. Releasing all complaint and replacing it with gratitude will help that mission.
Earlier today when I went to the store to buy groceries, the woman who checked me out was very rude and negative. As I prayed about how to handle her, I was reminded of Genesis 1:26-27 where it states, “Then God said, “let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.”
Now as I thought on this while still looking at her, I began to pray to know the truth about her as well because those verses are all-inclusive. As I left, I told her to have a blessed day and my heart lifted. As I heard her complain, I thought about “Complaint being poverty” and “Gratitude being riches”. The entire trip home I prayed about her and vaguely remembered a time when I would have reacted to her rudely. That was so long ago and never a part of who I am, nor could it be her.
This morning as I was getting ready to prepare for our afternoon meal in the crock pot, I called out to my husband to cut the chicken up in pieces for me while I chopped everything else. He did without complaint and we had everything on in less that ten minutes. I normally do it myself and sometimes feel a wee bit of resentment that I am doing it all. All I needed to do is call out for help! Isn’t that what we are supposed to do with God rather than think we are on our own!
Colossians 3:13 reads, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” We always, always have a choice! Today I will choose not to feel victimized!
The more I count my blessings, the more blessings I have to count. Even the impact of trials are cushioned as I stay grateful for all things! Psalms 100:4 states, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Then, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Daily, I am reminded that “complaint is poverty and gratitude is riches”.
While waiting on God and trusting Him with a grateful attitude, we see Life through light. We can only glorify Him in this state of thought; therefore, we are then able to enjoy Life to the fullest. Gratitude always is riches while complaint is forever, poverty.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31