Monday’s Mantra

Could the very thing we complain about actually be a blessing? According to a sermon given by Pastor Greg Laurie – You betcha!

 

Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with Trench Classes United.

 

‘Tis the holiday season! Before we’ve barely begun to digest Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas is upon us.  Our intentions of loving our neighbors as ourselves and allowing the peace of Christ to rule our hearts seem to woefully recede into the background while the fanatic push of finding the perfect present and holiday parties thrust to the forefront of our focus. Thus the beginning of grumbling and complaining…

 

You have a Christmas party to attend at 7:00 pm. You can’t believe it! Of all days, your boss asks you to stay late to tie up a last-minute project. As you leave work, you realize you left your car keys in the office. You hurriedly grab your keys and rush to the grocery store to pick the dessert you promised to bring to the party. Of course, you hit every red light on the way. You dash into the store, snatch up the dessert, and head to the “15 item or less” check-out line … and you wait… and wait. You anxiously start to fidget, looking to see what is taking so long. Promptly you identify the culprit. “That lady at the front of the line has more than 15 items! Can’t she read? This is the 15 item or less line. I only have one item,” you complain.

 

Let’s evaluate the above scenario from the perspective of blessings.

 

1) You have been invited to a Christmas party and you get to attend.

2) You have a job and a boss who evidently trusts you to get a job done in a timely manner.

3) You own the car those misplaced keys belong to.

4) The Lord is using the red lights to teach you patience.

5) You have the financial resources to pay for the dessert.

6) Knowing you did not absorb the previous red light lesson of patience, the Lord, because He loves you, used the “lady with more than 15 items” to provide you another learning opportunity.

 

Wow – from stressed to blessed!

 

In Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, she writes,

 

“Thank Me for the very things that are troubling you. Thankfulness opens the door to my Presence. See how many times you can thank Me daily; this will awaken your awareness to a multitude of blessings.”

 

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

 

Your comments are always most welcome.

 

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

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