Looking back, I was a worrier because I allowed myself to succumb to the pattern of a negative world.
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I was all worry and no joy. I felt joy and thankfulness for….. the usual things, family, friends, times of prosperity and health. But what about all the rest of life?
It was filled in with worry.
God calls us to be thankful in all of our circumstances, the good, bad and in-between, because it’s God’s will for us who believe on Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18) I believe it’s His will His will because it’s good for our minds and healthy for our hearts.
Where thankfulness makes her home there is no room for worry.
It was easy for me to be thankful for the usual, but to find thanks in everything, I had to allow Jesus to renew my mind and transform my thinking (Romans 12:2). When I made that choice, I gained a whole new outlook, and by the world’s standards I suppose, a weird form of thankfulness.
I became thankful for regrets, because they remind me to seize God-given opportunities.
I became thankful for the problems that I can’t solve, because they bring me to my knees before my Heavenly Father.
I became thankful for humiliation, because it strips me of pridefulness.
I became thankful for the ability to laugh at myself, and laugh hard, because it keeps me from being too serious.
I became thankful for struggles, because they help me reach forward toward my full potential.
I became thankful for my weaknesses because in them God shows me His strength.
I became thankful for hurt feelings because through them I am better able to comfort others who have been in similar situations.
I became thankful for conviction, because it brings me to repentance.
I became thankful for my failures because that’s how I learn to succeed.
I became thankful in grief, because God is close to a broken heart.
I became thankful for the scars of past sins because they remind me not to go there again.
And when we’re thankful for all these, there is no room for worry.
So, do I ever…. worry? Oh yeah, it tries to sneak in here and there. When it does I consciously snuff it out with a perspective change of thankful heart.
The best part of this changed perspective? Thanksgiving becomes more than a one day celebration, it becomes an every day celebration – minus the turkey of course!
Ephesians 5:20 …..Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.