Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 29th, 2016
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
What trials are you facing? Worrying tempts us to try to be in control. But God has made us so that we would depend upon Him and find peace. Bring your trials to God in prayer right now and ask for His help.
I found a humourous list of things Canadians are thankful for, and I thought I’d share it with you. Among the list are things like a good sense of humour – and ability to spell it correctly, with a “u” of course. The list says that Canadians are thankful for ketchup potato chips, which proves that not everyone is thankful for the same thing – I prefer barbeque. Thankfully, poutine in the list of things Canadians are thankful for. I grew up eating chips and gravy and am grateful that somebody in Quebec decided that adding cheese curds would improve an already delicious food – and they were correct. I was surprised that whoever put the list together didn’t include our medical system, which while imperfect is appreciated by most Canadians. We have much for which to be thankful for here in Canada – let’s remember to be thankful today.
Some people seem be able to live in a constant state of thankfulness. It is said that they see everything through rose coloured glasses. In reality, they simply look for the good in the world around them and express gratitude for every blessing that comes their way. This is actually a biblical way to live. The apostle Paul writes this in Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Sometimes it’s the small phrases in the Bible that are critical to understanding the truth. And in this case, Paul, in speaking about the antidote to worry and anxiety, includes the phrase “with thanksgiving.” This is really the secret to living a life free of concern. It isn’t that the concern isn’t real, but if we get our focus onto things for which we thankful, our concerns pale in comparison to the blessings that are ours in Christ. It does take a conscious effort to get our attention off the reason for the anxiety, but once we do, and start to focus on our blessings, the spirit of worry lifts and we become aware of God’s love and care for us. He wants us to walk in faith, and victory and the best way to do so is to walk in thanksgiving.
These have been words from the heart.