when your gratitude’s been backward..

Gratitude.
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.”

Followed by…
“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.
But…the future?
No. Way.

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.

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One thought on “when your gratitude’s been backward..

  1. One of pastors spoke about this very thing, and he used this example:

    “The children are dressed and ready for school. But there is no food for them to eat,” the housemother of the orphanage informed George Mueller. George asked her to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables. He thanked God for the food and waited. George knew God would provide food for the children as he always did. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. “Mr. Mueller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.”

    Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.

    I have read about others who prayed ‘Boy, God, do You ever have a chance to shine today.’

    Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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