Jun 272014

Thank God, I don’t live in Iraq…or Mexico, or Central America.

Thank God, I live in relative peace, freedom, and safety.

Thank God, the only invaders I have to worry about are rats and raccoons.

Thank God, my decisions about food come down to whether I shop at Wal Mart or Safeway.

Thank God, the only thing threatening my child’s safety is when he refuses to wear his skateboard helmet.

Thank God, I have access to excellent medical care and chances are I’ll never need care for a bullet wound or bomb damage.

Thank God, with all the bad news in the world, I can just turn off the computer and it all goes away.

Thank God, I can thank God for who I believe Him to be and the worst thing that will probably happen is that someone won’t like me.

Yes, thank God.

Except I don’t.

Thankfulness is not an attribute that I’ve developed to the fullest.

However, if complaining were a spiritual discipline, I’d be the next pope.

There are some legitimate complaints…financial issues and health problems of my own and others, emotional wounds, and needs unmet at home and all about me.

God hears all about those when I bother to talk to Him at all….and that’s usually why I bother.

I withhold thankfulness until proper address of my grievances.

Besides, it’s hard to have an attitude of gratitude when the internet is so damn slow this morning and the coons ate all my cat food.

Surely, you understand.

I know you do.

Thank God, His mercies are new every morning because only His mercy can cover such sin.

Thank God for the grace that allows me to change my attitude today.

Thank God, He’s given me a place of comfort and security to pray for the children on the border and the brethren in Iraq.

Thank God…I probably should.

Make your own application…

  28 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. Michael,
    Hold onto your bar stool – I agree and appreciate this article. 🙂
    Well done and I Thank You!

  2. Amen Michael, amen.

  3. MLD…that would be two firsts for you this morning. 🙂

  4. Thank you, AA.

  5. Amen and amen Michael. Thankfulness is a lost art these days.

  6. Thanks, Muff.
    I’m always lecturing my kid about being grateful for what he has…so my Father decided to lecture me on the same topic about three this morning. 🙂

  7. Amen and amen. For as messed up as this county is and seemingly going in the ‘wrong’ direction politically and spiritually. The reminder yesterday of the state of Iraq and your updates on Mexico are sobering truths that put life into perspective. This world is not our home, but while here, we ‘live and move and have our being’ in Jesus. Our only Hope.
    And we add our continual prayers for the suffering Body of Christ here and worldwide.

  8. Well-said, appropriate, and timely words this morning. Thanksgiving as a holiday in our nation is devolving as our practice of giving thanks continues to erode. Instead, unthankful people are unsatisfied and therefore must acquire–shopping instead of spending time with loved ones around a table offering gratitude to each other and God himself for our blessings. When our eyes leave the target, our aim suffers too.

  9. Thank you, Fil and Paige…more good words to consider..

  10. I don’t know why, but Michael’s post and these uplifting comments bring to mind a short doxology that I absolutely love and often sing to myself, which readers with a liturgical background will find familiar:

    Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
    Praise Him, all creatures here below;
    Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
    Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

  11. Love the Doxology…..a good ‘meditation’ (per yesterday’s discipleship questionnaire)

  12. No raccoons but the squirrel has been in the bird feeder this morning.

  13. Thank God for you, Michael.
    …and I will thank God FOR you when you can’t thank God for yourself

  14. Thanks for all your efforts here Michael, putting yourself out there everyday. The internet / cable has really shined light upon so many needs around the world that we should be praying for. It gets overwhelming at times. Not that we don’t care, its just where do we begin, right? I guess whatever is right in front of us is a good place to start.

  15. G,
    Likewise my friend…thank you.

  16. JoelG,

    Thank you…and yes, right in front of us is usually more than we can handle.

  17. Well prayers for you as you go through a tough season my brother. Hugs to you. May God’s Love saturate as you move forward

  18. Thank you, JoelG …been filling out job apps all morning.
    One of them may be the one…

  19. I pray it is and if not there’s something else for you. Don’t lose hope.

  20. Praying for the job situation, Michael.

  21. Being a health nut, well at least as far as what I eat and drink, I decided that I wanted to eat something that day, other than the typical sandwich found in a trash can, on a person’s tray at MacDonald or a can of beans and sardines I had stocked up on and kept in my car. So, I drove over to Trader’s Joe. Able to find a prepared salad, vitamin pack smoothie, without sugar, low in salt, and a cinnamon roll that I could microwave right there. It was my turn at the check-out counter, I felt relieve that I had just enough money to pay for them and a few dollars left to use for gas, being that I was homeless living in my car and legally could not stay park in any one place for too long.

    As I was paying for the items, the cashier suddenly said to me, “Don’t give up, it will come in a way that you least expect.” I’m, like —what, how would he know. He then told me of his own season of being homeless and how he was just about to throw the towel in, but even then, he just kept applying for one position after another, no matter how hopeless and helpless he was feeling. And then one day, it happened. He told he had been working at Trader’s Joe for about 3 years and now in school to enable him to eventually do what he would really like to do. Well, since no one was waiting in line behind me, we talked a bit longer, and I shared a bit of my own story with him, which I won’t do here. Michael knows and that is enough for now.

    The point is, don’t give up—keep going and if you are going to choose an attitude, make sure it’s a good one. Blessings from above do come in the most extraordinary way and when you least expect them.

    His words and his testimony were like a cool drink of water in the midst of my own desert that I was in—it gave me strength and just in the nick of time.

  22. I appreciated this one.

  23. This is a well written article and it shows the heart of a true pastor. Thanks for posting it. I was going to post this earlier but I just regained consciousness after seeing MLD and Michael agreed on something 🙂 have a nice weekend all.

  24. Michael, “if complaining were a spiritual discipline, I’d be the next Pope.” I can SO relate. I complain so much that I complain about my complaining. So much for which to be thankful. Thank you for the reminder. I’m thankful for you and am keeping you in prayer.

  25. Uriah, thank you for sharing that. What an encouragement! Praying God’s provision for you.

  26. Brian: “… I just regained consciousness after seeing MLD and Michael agreed on something.” That’s hilarious! 🙂

  27. Uriah has lived it….
    We keep pressing on…another interview Monday.

  28. Praying for you big brother…..and trying to apply your message to my life today.