"Be thankful in all things, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thes 5:18

Monday, January 3, 2011

This Is What I'm Burdened With

I read this just now via FB from Randy Alcorn's blog. THIS is what I'm feeling led to cultivate. It's a perspective the world would see as insane or just grossly optimistic. I see it as my highest goal this year.
"Gratitude never comes from avoiding difficulty, but from finding yourself sustained through it. The degree of joy rises to the degree of gratitude, and the level of gratitude corresponds to the level of God’s grace experienced in our suffering. God’s sustaining providence brings relief, even when life becomes unspeakably difficult.

Corrie ten Boom’s sister Betsie, in light of the command “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), insisted they should thank God even for the fleas and lice in their concentration camp barracks. Corrie resisted until she realized that the fleas and lice made it possible for her to open the Bible and teach it unhindered to other prisoners. Guards could have confiscated her forbidden Bible, but they refused to enter because of the vermin. Think of it—God is at work through vermin; it’s simply rare that in this life we can see it as clearly as Corrie finally did.

Cultivating thankfulness today will allow us to cling to God’s goodness and mercy in our darkest hours. Those hours may yet lie ahead of us—but beyond them stretch unending millennia of inexpressible joy that we will appreciate more deeply because of these fleeting days of darkness".

Emphasis mine

To read Randy's blog post go here: http://www.epm.org/blog/


Karen said...

The day before you linked us to this new blog, I had a conversation with Josh about "thankfulness". It really struck me with AH!HA! because our talk was about the so many things wrong in this world because of the opposite of thankfulness and I want to shape my life to be thankful (to God) as my first instinct. AND I am also thankful :-) to have you sharing parallel thoughts once again...especially since you are so much better at thinking them out and writing them out than I am!

Alicia said...

I'm so thankful then that these are encouraging thoughts for you. I love when God works this way and I'm pretty sure he does not just happen to move in these waves.:)

tricia said...

A friend shared with me that his mom keep a bowl in the middle of her coffee table that has rocks in it. Each rock represents something that they are thankful for. She writes on each rock telling what they have to be thankful for. I thought this was a great visual reminder of what we have to be thankful for living in this country. i hope someday to have a coffee table again, just so I can have a bowl full of thankful rocks.