Monday, July 5, 2010

Find Something To Praise God For

Find Something To Praise God For

"If there is anything praiseworthy --- meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8 NKJV

General Robbie Risner described the seven years he spent as a prisoner of war as "the essence of despair." He said, "If you could have squeezed the feeling out of the word despair, it would have come out lead-coloured, dingy and dirty." What's amazing is how he survived. He pried the cover off a floor drain in his cell and lowered his head into the opening. There he noticed a solitary blade of grass, the only smidgeon of colour in his colourless world. Calling it a blood transfusion for the soul, Risner began each day in prayer, lying on the floor of his cell with his head down the drain, focused on that single blade of grass.

Jesus said, "Your eye...provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness" (Matt 6:22-23 NLT). What are you looking at? Each day you get to decide where you'll focus. And you won't have to look hard to find things to complain about: war, gas prices, the economy, global warming, and crime. God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed in the Garden of Eden, but they chose to focus on the one thing they couldn't have. He divided the Red Sea, sent signs to guide the Israelites in the wilderness and provided food so they'd never go hungry. Initially, "They...sang his praise. But they soon forgot what he had done" (Ps 106:12-13 NIV). Don't be like that. The Bible says, "If there is anything praiseworthy --- meditate on these things." Surely you can find something to praise God for today!

(above taken from The Word For You Today
by Bob & Debby Gass - Sunday, July 5, 2009)

Consider starting your own Gratitude Journal. For good tips on how to start, click here.

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Now go and praise God for something!

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