"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving."
Psalm 69:30 (NIV)
Giving thanks to God for who He is and for what He has provided for your life - will make you happy!
In this day of bigger houses - nicer cars - faster computers - fancier clothes we have positioned ourselves at second-rate. It is difficult to "keep up with the Jones's". Life... marketing... our acquaintances have told us that our lives are not complete unless we fill our lives with stuff- expensive, useless stuff!
We are programmed to think that if we don't have enough money - if we don't have the latest HD TV - the big SUV, then we aren't "in" with the socioeconomic society. No wonder we get depressed, stressed and ultimately discouraged. We've become slaves to ourselves.
Change the posture of your heart. Stop focusing on what you don't have and be thankful for the priceless things you do have. The intangible is more important than your fleeting possessions. Life, Love, Friendships, Faith, Family, God, and Health.
If you were to make a list of all the intangible things you have, I guarantee they will out-weigh all your tangible stuff you possess.
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:1-10 (NIV)
Stop "gratifying the cravings" of your desires- wants- and selfish thoughts. Realize our gifts, our possessions are out of this world! God is wanting to give you gifts: Gifts of Great Love, Rich in Mercy, Incomparable riches of His Grace, and Kindness. He is giving you an invitation to the best "Thanksgiving Party" ever! Seating you with Him in heaven.
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