“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). If you’re like me, you can have twenty things going right in your life and one thing going wrong…and you end up obsessing over that one issue! Our fleshly nature seems to feed on worry and anxiety, but we can push back! God has graciously given us His amazing Word. Trusting in what He said transforms our minds. Instead of complaining about our troubles (called light and momentary in the Word), we can choose to give thanks to Him…for His goodness endures forever! Thanksgiving Day is my second favorite holiday (right behind Resurrection Sunday). This special day reminds me of the power of gratitude and what is does in me and my relationship to God and others. When I choose to think about the good things God does for me and express my thanks, I find myself worrying less about my problems. Gratitude is God’s way of growing the fruit of peace in our sometimes over-cluttered minds. Also, by expressing our thanks, we crucify our pride and admit to the Lord and to others that we need them in our lives. After all, what do we have or what have we accomplished without the grace of God and help of others? So, it doesn’t matter what challenges we face during these unprecedented and unpredictable days of COVID-19. We can live in victory over fear and worry because we walk with the One who overcame death! Think about it…. What will we ever come up against that He hasn’t already conquered? I am truly thankful for Jesus! How about you?
Pastor Mark Boucher