Is it so hard to believe that God is as kind as His words. He promises and delivers, He says that we can always turn to Him when we have no where else to go and He will be there; you tell me, has He ever broken that promise? He says that when our burden is too heavy to carry, we can call on Him and He will lighten it for us; how many times has He made that burden for you easier to carry? Above all, He has given us a chance to always go back to Him even when our mistakes seem beyond reparation. How many times have you fallen to sin and felt like “this time, I’ve really gone too far, surely He will not forgive me for this” but when you turned around and called upon Him again He did not turn His face away from you but came straight to your aid.
How many times?
You yourself know the answer to that. We are always complaining on small issues. When things don’t go the way we want, we start to complain and blame others and sometimes even God. We easily forget the good we have received, the countless times HE came to us even when we didn’t deserve it. The minute one thing goes wrong we forget all of that. Take a minute and look around you. Take a minute and see all the love that surrounds you, the joy you have had in your life, the various opportunities that have “fallen'” at your feet. How many people do you think have had such pleasures?
A few days ago I was looking at myself and how I grew up. I considered our family poor. But then I looked back and I saw something different. We had clothes on our backs, shoes on our feet, food in our mouth and a roof over our heads and to top it all off, we had an education and two parents! How can I say that we were poor if all that was at our disposal? Yes, our shoes at times had holes, our clothes sometimes dirty and torn, and we might even have shared a bed amongst three of us, but we had them nonetheless. And we had the gift from God of parents who looked after us and made sure we never went to bed hungry. It wasn’t by mere chance but because God looked down on us and provided for us. Look at where we are now and I know there can’t be a reason to complain.
Sometimes things go awry and we forget for a moment the goodness we have had. But we always need to look around us and see that things could be far worse. There are people who do not have the life you have. Not even an ounce of it. God has give you so mucn more than you deserve. You have shelter, food, clothing and yes those might be materials things but they are the most essential. Not forgeting that if you have family and friends, then you have the greatest gift ever from God- the gift of LOVE!
Take a minute and look at you. I once read somewhere of a little girl who woke up each morning and counted her blessings. If she counted seven blessings then she counted herself amongst the luckiest people alive. So why dont you wake up each morning and count your blessings. They dont even have to be seven because if you woke up to see the Lord’s new day then you already have the greatest blessing you could ask for- the gift if LIFE!
Take a look and see that the Lord has been more than good to you and simply enjoy His gift of Life to you.