I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. — Psalm 34:1 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource Trusting God Day by Day – by Joyce Meyer
Right now it seems like everyone around us is living in fear and dread, but as God’s children, we don’t have to. We’re not only free to live differently than the rest of the world, but we should live differently, because when we do, we’re letting our light shine. One way to do this is to simply be as positive as we can in the middle of negative circumstances. The world will notice when we’re stable in every kind of situation. I want to encourage you to make up your mind right now that your external circumstances won’t keep you from facing life with peace and joy. Make a decision not to dread anything you have to do, but to face one task at a time with a thankful attitude.
I never considered driving down the street to get a cup of coffee to be a huge privilege until after I had been hospitalized with breast cancer and had surgery. When I was released, I asked my husband to take me out for coffee and a drive through a local park. It’s amazing how much joy I felt! I was doing a very simple thing that had previously been available to me every day, yet I had never seen it as a blessing.
One day our son went on an outreach with a team of people who visit the homeless each Friday evening. After going to serve there, he was appalled at himself for the things he had murmured about in the past once he saw, by comparison, how other people were living. I’m confident that we’d feel the same way. Those without a place to live would love to have a house to clean, while we dread cleaning ours. They would be so glad to have a car to drive, even an old one, while we complain about needing to wash ours or take it for an oil change.
The point is, we can easily lose sight of how blessed we are, so we need to work at keeping it on our minds by being intentional to thank God at all times for the ways He’s taking care of us.
Prayer Starter: God, please help me to keep the right heart attitude today. Thank You so much for the ways You have and are continuing to take care of me! In Jesus’ Name, amen.