I’ve read about it…
written about it..
spoken about it.
I’ve said things like…
gratitude has increased my faith
thankfulness has deepened my joy
thanksgiving has shown me His love.
And, then God said this…
“Thanking God for what He has done requires faith
but thanking God for what He has already done
requires a lot less faith than thanking Him for what He will do.”
“Gratitude only of the past robs us of faith
and quite possibly blessings as well.”
My dear friend and pastor said those words yesterday,
and I think God was speaking directly to my heart.
I’ve become very good at being grateful for the past.
I’m learning to be grateful in the present.
And, yet, my heart knows the words of my pastor are right.
Yes, I could be giving thanks in advance for something horrific…
yet, I could also be giving thanks for something marvelous.
“People who trust God fully are already
fully thankful for their future.”
While I have read, written, and spoken about gratitude,
I’m confident my gratitude has been backward.
It’s time for this heart to turn it around and say,
“Thank You for what You will do.”
***all quotes from my friend and pastor, Doug Lemon. I am grateful for the words of truth he has spoken and will speak to this heart.