Monday, July 9, 2007

Gratitude for Ungrateful Days

I've mentioned before that I'm reading a book by Max Lucado entitled, Every Day Deserves a Chance. While I was hoping to get this book read before the boys started their summer holidays, I'm sorry to report that I've only managed to read three chapters of this ten-chapter book thus far. But I am getting somewhere and I'm enjoying the time I have to read, (whenever it actually happens).

The most recent chapter I read was about gratitude. It was definitely something I needed to read that day. The following is an excerpt from the book, which sort of sums up the entire chapter. I hope you will be encouraged by this:
Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which ones will you choose to heed? You have a choice, you know. "We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5 God's Word).

Do you let anyone who knocks on your door enter your house? Don't let every thought that surfaces dwell in your mind. Take it captive . . . make it obey Jesus. If it refuses, don't think it.

Negative thoughts never strengthen you. How many times have you cleared a traffic jam with your grumbles? Does groaning about bills make them disappear? Why moan about your aches and pains, problems and tasks?

"Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life." (Proverbs 4:23 NCV).

1 comment:

Trev & Rebekah said...

I am one who often grumbles so that was a good reminder to me. I was reminded on Sunday to take note of God's provisions in my life so that when tough times come I am reminded of His Faithfulness.