All Hail to the Christ Within!
Praise God for another day and opportunity to experience the goodness of life.
I want to impress upon your mind, at this time, the importance of being grateful. Does anyone like an ungrateful person? Does anyone like it when they’ve helped a friend to only have that friend turn on them in a negative way? If we don’t like ungratefulness, then imagine how God views ungratefulness. We are so blessed that it is easy to slip into an ungrateful mindset.
The Spirit of God is constantly opening doors for us. It’s time that we be grateful. This subject reminds me of the Hawkins Family song, Be Grateful. Listen to it sometimes. It beautifully reminds us of the goodness of God. The song has several verses that are counterintuitive but are backed up by scripture.
God feels our pain. In times of trouble, we tend to feel isolated. We feel like no one understands what we’re going through, not even God. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) That Christ Spirit inhabited the body of Jesus, yet was unmoved. That same Spirit of Christ inhabited the body of Father Hurley and many other great leaders for that matter. When we pray, God knows how we feel because God dwells within each of us. God eyes through our eyes, hears through our ears, and feels through our emotions. Rest assured, when we cry out to God, God feels our pain.
God will never forsake you. That’s right, no matter what you are going through, God will deliver you. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5) The deliverance may not come in the form you desire but it will come. In fact, your deliverance could have come and gone. Did you possibly reject it because it didn’t come the way you wanted?
This is why gratefulness is so important. We have to be grateful for every door of opportunity. I truly believe we are all more blessed than we can possibly imagine. But because most of us tend to focus on what we lack, we fail to see what we have. And by failing to focus on what we have, by extension, we fail to focus on what we have to work with. We all have something to work with. God gave us a mind to think. If we keep our minds in a positive and spiritually-inclined frame, we can overcome anything.
Steve Harvey often suggests something that I will give a try. He says to really become grateful, write a list of everything you have to be grateful for. Make the list as detailed as possible. For example, “I am thankful that I can bathe and dress myself.” Another example, “I am thankful for my steady income.” Again, we tend to be so ungrateful, caught up in our lack, that we overlook all the good that’s happening around us.
Take the time this week, to start writing your list. For those that can, save your list on your computer, iPad, cell phone, or other device. However you save it, do as Steve Harvey suggests and read it three times a day. It won’t be long before your mindset will change.
I have the honor to be your obedient servant,
Rev. George H. Latimer-Knight
Written November 22, 2016