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Thanksgiving is approaching fast. Especially at this time of year, we pause to think about our lives. We consider all that we have to be thankful for. It’s a good time to examine our lives and consider the choices we make that bring blessings and also those that are harmful and some even sinful.
Let’s use an illustration to examine our lives. Think of a water glass as representing your life. The “water” that fills the “glass” is that which fills your life. Now think about the “water.” Is it clean, fresh water? Or is it muddy water? We all make choices about the kind of “water” that fills our “glass.”
Acceptance or rejection
Approval or condemnation
Blessings or misfortunes
Boldness or timidity
Cheer or misery
Comfort or torment
Consolation or affliction
Contentment or anguish
Devotion or disregard
Discretion or indiscretion
Enthusiasm or indifference
Faithfulness or apostasy
Fellowship or enmity
Fidelity or disloyalty
Friendship or estrangement
Knowledge or ignorance
Love or heartache
Gentleness or hardness
Godliness or godlessness
Good fortune or calamity
Goodness or corruption
Graciousness or conditionality
Health or sickness
Holiness or wickedness
Honor or dishonor
Hope or despair
Humility or pride
Joys or troubles
Meekness or arrogance
Obedience or sin
Orthodoxy or heresy
Passion or apathy
Peace or conflict
Piety or impiety
Prosperity or poverty
Purity or impurity
Regard or neglect
Relief or trauma
Respectfulness or disrespect
Reverence or irreverence
Right or wrong
Righteousness or blasphemy
Sincerity or insincerity
Successes or failures
Tenderness or roughness
Thoughtfulness or thoughtlessness
Truth or lies
Wisdom or stupidity
Worship or neglect
You get the idea. The question is not whether your “glass” (your life) is half empty or half full. The real question is, what fills your glass?
We all choose what fills our glass.
Watch this short video and be inspired by knowing that because you are in Christ your glass is always half filled with exactly what you need. In Christ, we have everything we need. So we should always give thanks for our “glass” and praise our God. We should always let His fullness in our “glass” direct that which fills the rest.
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. Ps 69:30
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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