I thought I would share with you a personal struggle of mine. I have a problem that I think a lot of other people struggle with as well; it’s the problem of becoming complacent and then wanting to move on to the next step even though I may not be ready for it yet. Once I become stuck in that “groove” things begin to revolve around my troubles and I begin to complain and wonder why can’t I have what I so desperately need. However, I’m learning that not all of the things that I want are things that I need. The Good Shepherd knows each of His sheep and He knows what I need. He promises He will provide for my needs and yours if we will trust in Him. So trust in Him! Believe me, if anyone’s got this, He does! 🙂
Pondering about my life though, I’ve begun to wonder about all the small things; the things that I take for granted. I have been so blessed and yet I still find things to be unhappy about. It’s sad really, but I think it’s all too true for so many of us these days.
Do you realize that all the little things that you and I take for granted someone across the world is praying desperately for?
There are people in third-world countries that go hungry and thirsty. There are parents who wonder if their children will ever make it home. People who live in mud houses and some who don’t even have that much.
Thinking of all of the want in the world – all of those less fortunate – I am so incredibly in awe of the life that God has ordained I should lead. After all, I have a house to live in, a job, a car, my own timetable to work with, good food, clean water, and family and friends. And there are so many more things I could name!
The most important thing – the one thing that I’m most thankful for – is my salvation. The fact that the Lord placed someone in my life who was able to get through my stubborn ways and show me that there is eternal life and eternal love in Christ Jesus and Him alone, that is the most precious gift I have ever received and I am so incredibly grateful for it. I know there are many who don’t know the love of the Lord and some who have heard the message of His peace and redemption and yet are simply too stubborn to accept Him in their lives. I can’t force them to make that decision, it’s something they have to decide on their own. I can only be glad that the Lord has turned my life around and pray that He will do the same for others.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is learn to be grateful for what you have, even if it doesn’t seem like that much.
I sincerely hope that you find this encouraging. I know it’s just my story, but if it can help others, I am only too happy to share it.
To sum up my point: Remember not to overlook the small things in life. Always be kind and generous with others. Whenever you’re feeling down remember how blessed you are. And always bear in mind the price that was paid at Calvary for you. No earthly trouble measures up to that sacrifice of love in any way. So smile and be thankful. 😀