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I've been thinking - 1 March 2020

posted date: Friday 28th February 2020

I am a radio listening driver. I like to keep abreast of the latest news, sport and Christian music, so I listen to different stations at different times of the day, whenever I am driving.

 

Recently there has been an ad on one of the stations around mental health and thankfulness. The ad tells us that those who are always looking for what they “don’t have” are not as happy or mentally healthy as those who are grateful and have a thankful attitude.

 

I suspect that God knew something about this a long time ago, as He tells us to not to look at what we don’t have. Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.”

 

The Scriptures also encourage us to be thankful in all circumstances. 
1 Thessalonians 5:16—18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“ I am sure there are times when we don’t feel thankful, but in those moments, stop for a moment and try and see the seemingly small things we have a reason to be thankful for.

 

When we are in difficult situations, sometimes taking a moment to see what we do have to give thanks to God for can change our perspective.

 

So let me express my thanks to the elders who are willing to give their time, but also for their honesty and willingness to seek God’s will for the church.

 

I am grateful for those who serve in the church in many small and often unseen ways. In this week’s service we will remember Christ’s sacrifice for us in Communion. There are a band of 8-10 women who serve on a roster to faithfully prepare Communion each month and then clean up afterwards. I am grateful for their selfless unseen acts of service.

 

To those who pray for missions and God’s ministry at Avonhead Baptist and Avonhead Community Trust, thank you.  Often this is done secretly, without fuss or desire to attention.  Nevertheless, I suspect there is much fruit simply because of those who pray.

 

What can you give thanks and praise to God for today?

 

Shalom

 

Bruce