Last Thursday night at a Waffle House, a man & woman in a nearby booth had nothing positive to say about anything. They complained of harassment when the waitress came “too early” to their table for their order. They complained about the order not being right, and threatened to call the police on the waitress! As I think about their conversation, it was evident that they were miserable. Were they unthankful because they were miserable, or were they miserable because they were unthankful?
I contend that they were miserable BECAUSE they were unthankful! In the past few years, Tammy and I have had some great trials and tribulations. It’s been nearly 14 years since Tammy was first diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 4 years since she was told she was in Stage 4…not curable! Yet, rather than focus on that news, we have focused on the goodness of God and the hope that He brings (that the doctor’s diagnosis & assessment are not the last word).
Today, Tammy’s doctor calls her, her star patient, because in the doctor’s eyes Tammy is doing unexpectantly great! At this point, the last 3 PET scans have shown no malignancy! While we are so very grateful for God’s sustaining and healing power, we were also so very grateful BEFORE we received this wonderful news.
God is our Creator, and loves us immensely. His abiding presence assures us we are not alone! We are His and are here to serve Him—it is a work that matters for eternity. If the worst that can happen to us is we get to go to heaven to be with Him for eternity, then we are among the most blessed people!
Make sure to consider that for which you have to be thankful. When negative things come your way, don’t let the earth’s dark clouds make you think that the Bright Son of God is not shining! What you choose to dwell on will affect your attitude, which will determine if you are full of joy and thankfulness, or frustrated, miserable, discouraged, hopeless. Choose to be thankful! 2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV) says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”
Pastor Brent Oliver grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. Before embarking on God’s plan to establish a church in Delphi, Pastor Brent served in both Peru and Logansport, Indiana encompassing over 29 years of fulltime ministry. His vision and creativity has been the benchmark for the growing ministry at Delphi First and after 23 years, his passion and leadership could not be stronger.