At one time or another we have all had a day filled with all sorts of challenges and some of them don’t just steal our joy for a day or two, some of them rock our world and take us to the brink of despair. Maybe that’s where you are right now. Something may have happened this year or this month or this week that has shattered your confidence and smashed your hope to bits. If that is what your day looks like let me give an antidote for turning things around.
A guy named Doyle Masters once said: “My thanksgiving list this year is made not from what I have but from who has me – a God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think.” What makes that so amazing is that Doyle Masters was dying when he said that. For him gratitude was more than some ideological gobbly-goop _ it was a way of life. He lived his life with gratitude until he died at the early age of 48. How did he do it? Well the secret to his ability to be thankful in all circumstances was not only in thanks-giving but more importantly thanks-living.
King David wrote, “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:1-2)
What would it take to make you that grateful? Would it be something in addition to what you already have _ might it be the return of something that you once had _ or _ could it be the realization of what you already have? When we have thanks-living going on Romans 15:13 is more than words in a good book _ it is the key to both thanks-giving and thanks-living. So, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”