This morning as I study and pray, the thought came to me that my Church family may know me better than my own family. There are times when I feel less judged by my Church family and I feel my siblings may still view me in the past. Then, I asked myself, “Is this my thinking?” Philippians 3:13-14 states “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with family individually as they were here during a recent challenge I experienced. The only thing that was expressed was Love, no pretense nor judgment at all. As I think back my heart is filled with gratitude and humility for that time with each of them. My daily prayer is for more grace and the ability to drop off any concern on what anyone else thinks. It really is none of my business. Spiritual growth is all that really is going on.
This morning as I was thinking about supply, I thought how easy it is for us to believe that it comes from our employment, or spouse or some other entity other than God. The Truth is that gratitude is riches and that becomes apparent as we become more prosperous when we become more grateful for the good we already have.
The very last verse of II Kings reads “And his allowance, a continual one, was given him by the king, every day a portion, for the rest of his life.” So often, I replace “his” and “him” with “me” and “my”. This can also replace the fear of a belief of lack in our thinking.
So often it is tempting to think our supply is limited, when, in fact, it is omnipresent and unlimited. One may think that his supply comes from an employer, a spouse, an inheritance, etc. but that is only when our thoughts are closed and negative. When Jesus was asked about paying taxes, Matthew 17:27 reads, “Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou has opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” That, to me, shows me that our supply can come from any place when we fill our thoughts with gratitude. Gratitude brings riches, not just sometime but all the time! Today I will be grateful for everything.
The world’s way and God’s way are always opposite. Man’s way to attain riches is to amass more and more and hoard. God’s way is by letting go and giving. Gratitude is riches. Matthew 6:24 states, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
This morning as I sat down to write at my desk, I seemed to be spiritually flat. (a term I use when inspiration seems to be absent)
After several minutes, my thoughts became flooded with things I am grateful to have in my life. Looking out the back windows, there were deer grazing, birds flying from tree to tree and a turtle on my patio. The more Good that is focused upon, the more Good there is apparent. Our God-given choice daily is to choose where we want our thoughts to be.
Below is a picture Larry took last spring in our front yard. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, God calls a butterfly.”