A Life of Thanks
I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God. – Psalm 9:1-2 (MSG)
As you grow older, your outlook on life will determine how the rest of it goes. Ever heard the saying, “Grumpy old man?” There are good reasons that some older people fall into a blue funk. They may have lost a long-time spouse. Or they’re dealing with health problems that make every day an unending series of aches and pains, or struggling to remember which pill to take when. Or they have fears about growing so weak they may wind up in a nursing home or unable to take care of themselves.
Yet, when you’re old it’s easy to forget the challenges that young people face. Today, it’s common to wonder whether your parents will be there tomorrow. You wonder what school to attend, person to date, friends to hang out with and whether you’ll be able to find a job once you’re out on your own. You wonder what kind of world awaits and whether terrorists will end your life before you can grow old.
No matter what stage you’re at in life, you will find uncertainties and fears gnawing at your mind. That’s why praising Me and giving thanks can help you make it through. So many things you worry about never happen, and if they do they’re often much less worse than you imagined.
Don’t let the setbacks and problems that are part of life prevent you from giving thanks for the blessings you do have.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Does this kind of attitude toward life strike you as realistic? If not, why not? How can that change?
- Watch this video on worship: How could worship give you a more thankful heart?