July 30 2018
The next several weeks I want to talk about gratitude. What does that word mean to you? What comes to your mind when you think about gratitude? I can’t begin to compose the list of people all over the world that pour into my life. They are many! Because of their love, influence, and care for me it makes my head spin. The material blessings that I have been afforded are numerous. So how do I respond to both God and them because of this? Does having these people and material blessings in my life automatically make me a grateful person?
Like everything, gratefulness is a matter of the heart and mindset. Unfortunately we can do the opposite of what Paul indicated we should do in Philippians 2. We can think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. We have a world that surrounds us that says we are entitled to material blessings, and of course certain people are supposed to be in my life to make my life better. Sometimes we tend to even think that we deserve certain perks from God. He should pour out his blessings on us. Just look who we are! (lol). We might even be quick to say that we don’t think that way about ourselves. When we stop long enough to think about it, are we really grateful?
Gratefulness causes humility. The more grateful we are, the more we realize how incredibly awesome our God is. The more grateful we are, the more thankful we are for the very breath we breathe, the people in our lives that God has blessed us with, and the material blessings that is poured on us.
I think one of the things gratefulness does for us it to live in abandonment of ourselves. We raise our hearts and lives to the One that matters most, and truly mean it when we say (or sing), take all of me. My heart is Yours. I am holding nothing back. The reality of walking in gratefulness…totally incredible.
Think about it.
So we are to the 8th month of 2018 already! Wow! How time flies. Dale is preaching the parable about the solid rock verses shifting sand. To connect our hearts and minds together with building our lives on the Solid Rock, the praise team begins with a really strong message from a song titled “My Feet Are on the Rock”. We sing together the Rend Collective song “Build Your Kingdom Here” and reflect on the things God has done so we see Him continuing to do incredible miracles now with the song “Do It Again”. For the offertory, we are going to collectively sing “Heart Abandoned” As we abandon ourselves to Him, we grow in gratefulness and understand even more of how to plant our feet on the Solid Rock.
Okay, see you Sunday.