Think about it and be Thankful
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
By all means keep an attitude of gratitude.
My husband and I was a part of Underground Evangelism in the late 70’s.
We moved to Oklahoma and traveled to different churches in that State showing a film and informing Christians what the persecuted church in Russia had to endure for their faith in Christ. Every film and every story that was told really touched my heart. One story really stood out to me, it was about an older man who did not have the entire Bible, in fact just a few pages out of the Old Testament. I believe the pages were from Leviticus. Years later he was finally given the whole Bible, he fell to his knees crying and thanking God he could now see what was on the next page.
A Russian man who finally gets a copy of the Holy Scriptures after years of state-imposed atheism is more thankful for God’s Word than we are for all the Christian books and magazines and translations that overflow our shelves
This week I was reading some of the life of Viktor Frankl in, “Stories Illustrations and Quotes.” It relates the story of Mr. Frankl and how he learned to be thankful in a Nazi death-camp. He said that prisoners in the camp dreamed at night about a certain set of things more than anything else, they thought of a nice warm bath, food and all the things that they had taken for granted.
Frankl said that the prisoners around him began to appreciate beauty as never before. In one especially poignant paragraph, he wrote: “If someone had seem our faces on the journey from Auschwitz to a Bavarian camp as we beheld the mountains of Salzburg with their summits glowing in the sunset, through the little barred windows of our prison carriage, he wound have never believed that those were the faces of men who had given up all hope of life and liberty. Despite the factor ---or maybe because of it---we were carried away by nature’s beauty, which we had missed for so long.”
Dr Martin Luther wrote in his book Table Talk, “The greater God’s gifts and works, the less they are regarded.” That should never be.
God wants us to be people who exhibit a heartfelt thankfulness toward Him daily. To recognize His Spirit at work on this planet and to get in on what He is up to in the few days we have left.