Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-28
Dr. Dale Robbins writes, “I used to think people complained because they had a lot of problems. But I have come to realize that they have problems because they complain. Complaining doesn’t change anything or make situations better. It amplifies frustration, spreads discontent and discord, and can invoke an invitation for the devil to cause havoc with our lives.” Complaining makes us miserable.
Sometimes the circumstances of our lives are not always the best. In fact, they may be downright bad, but still, we are to look for something to be thankful for! And there is ALWAYS something positive for which we can be thankful!
I want to give you some examples of why you should be always thankful, no matter what the situation from people I have met this past week.
A dear friend of mine a few years ago found himself homeless, I think we would all agree that is a bad situation. He got sent to the church that ran a night shelter project, invited to a Christmas service, met Jesus, and is now baptised. You see a not good situation became a very good situation.
Another man I have spoken to recently had all his money stopped and didn’t have enough money to buy food – not a good thing, but then an agency pointed him to our centre for food, a Christian centre. When he arrived he asked, “Do you talk to people about Christianity here, because I have so many questions I need to know, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about God for the last two weeks”. He almost forgot that the reason he came was to collect physical food. Hungry – bad situation, questions answered, very good situation.
You see, God is always bigger than our situation and He can always make our not good situation into a very good situation.