Every good thing given ad every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadows.
– James 1:17 (NASB)
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.
– Psalms 136:1 (NASB)
I cannot think of a better way to end our thoughts on gratitude, than to talk about the goodness of God. The notion that God is good, and that He is good to us, His creation, is a common thread in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Continue reading
I have to admit it, I am spoiled. Spoiled to all of the modern amenities that I enjoy every day. I also must admit, that I take many of those things for granted. Well, that is not completely right, it is more accurate to say that I speak with contempt about those things that I should be more thankful for.
Maybe you are the same way. How many times have you rejoiced when the electric bill or the water bill comes due each month? If you are like me, there have been many times that you have fussed about the high cost of utilities or the rising cost of utilities. Now, I am not saying that there shouldn’t be any concern for these things. The people that run these utility companies should not be able to abuse our dependence on these services. Continue reading
I want to go on record and say, there is no such thing as a perfect job. There will always be things about every job that you do not like, even if you love what you do.
I have read the following statistics several times over the last five years or so. These numbers vary slightly from one reporting organization to another but only slightly.
We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.
– Harry Ironside
Discontentment and dissatisfaction, are spiritual problems that stem from our selfishness. Our selfishness most often presents itself in our culture through an attitude of entitlement; this idea that we somehow deserve what we want.
Many people live this way, but we do not realize how painful this is to ourselves and to those around us. When we live this way we emotionally punish ourselves by being in a perpetual state of dissatisfaction. We live miserably. Continue reading
A few years ago, I had a series of events happen that changed my life, and my perspective. In August 2013, I had the first of several life threatening episodes. Over the next year, I would be admitted into the hospital several times with symptoms similar to someone that was suffering from sepsis. The first time that I was taken to the hospital, was by far the worst. The doctors told my wife if she had waited in longer to bring me in, there is no way I would have survived. With each incident, I was admitted into ICU, and remained there for several days. Each time I was fighting for my life as my internal organs were shutting down, by blood pressure had dropped to unsafe levels, my potassium was too high, my heart rate was too fast, and so much more. With all these symptoms, the doctors never found a source of infection in my body. Continue reading