Journey to the Cross
Tuesday, March 22
Chad Langville, member of RPC since 2011
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
When considering the life of Jesus, I value most His gratitude and ability to give God the glory for all things.
I find it too easy to accept all the credit when wonderful and amazing things happen in my life. I tend to forget about God in the good times. But, when faced with challenges and adversity in my life, I seek God out. Unfortunately, it is often long after the tough times and lots of hurt.
Growing up, I remember thinking I had much less than my wealthier friends. I always wished I had the same. Feelings of not being rich-enough have expanded into not being athletic-enough, smart-enough, good looking-enough, funny-enough, and other "not-enoughs".
Expressing gratitude to God for God's gracious blessings is the best cure for my "not-enoughs." Gratitude has helped me to see how God blessed me with parents who willingly gave up nicer cars, fashionable clothes, and expensive vacations. They valued a Christian education much more than any material thing.
As a type "A" person, striking a better balance between always wanting more and true contentment is a challenge. Practicing gratitude helps me find my balance. It is not always easy, but when I do, it also helps to shorten my path to God in the hard times.
Dear God, help me come to you always with a grateful heart remembering it is by your grace I am blessed in countless ways. Amen