MONDAY, MAY 4
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
Philippians 4:6 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF GRATITUDE: GOD IS GOOD
One Sunday morning the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. The plaque was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, “Good morning Alex.” “Good morning pastor,” replied the young man, still focused on the plaque. “Pastor McGhee, what is this?” Alex asked. “Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.” Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex’s voice was barely audible when he asked, “Which service, the 9:00 or the 11:00?”
Plaques typically remind us of people, events or things that are significant. On Sunday Mike taught us that gratitude reminds us that God is good. “Gratitude” is from the same root word as the word “grace,” which signifies the free and boundless mercy of God. When we experience God’s grace, we are in fact experiencing God’s goodness. Philippians 4:7 also teaches us that when we practice gratitude, we also experience God’s peace. The verse says, “Then you will experience God’s peace.”
Some say fish have a six second memory. So, when one fish gets caught on a hook, only six seconds later, all his fish friends are ready to get hooked again. We can have a short memory too. God does something gracious for us and six seconds later we’ve forgotten and become ungrateful again. Take some time now and write down some things you are grateful for. Then take some time praising God for His grace and mercy in your life.