Have you ever spent time with a person or family that are going through a difficult time? I have at certain times, and always try to help in some way with either an encouraging word, a prayer, some cash or even food items.
A few weeks ago a friend and myself went to visit a family going through a very challenging time in their lives. We did not know them, and were asked to visit as they needed some prayer and hope. It did not take long to figure out what their main problem was.
We were with this family for over five hours with prayer and guidance, and not one time did we hear anything positive come out of their mouths. When we asked them to give thanks to the Lord for something, anything, nothing could come out. We received blank looks.
It´s important to find the good in all circumstances and give thanks.
The last part of Luke 6:45 says For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Their hearts were filled with frustration, disappointment, heartache. I am not minimizing their current situation, but giving thanks is vitally important.
If the worse comes out of our mouths constantly, the enemy takes advantage of that and then we don´t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We had to explain to watch their words and begin declaring victory. With their words, they need to begin to turn the tide. With their words they need to give thanks, to praise the Lord, and listen to worship music.
This brings me to the season we are in where we celebrate life. The life that Jesus gave for us, his death on the cross to take our shame, our sins, our guilt and give us eternity in heaven with Him.
Living in a developing nation has his drawbacks in many areas, but there is always something to be thankful for, and I look for it. If I look for the bad, I will find it. If I keep looking, I will find more bad things to complain about. But I choose to look for the good.
Look for something to be thankful for, even in the small things and begin to praise and thank the Lord. What we have is salvation, and that alone deserves our praise.
One thing I am thankful for, the view from my home.