Psalm 106:1 “Praise the Lord! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Heat wave-and my air conditioner is not working! Then someone reminds us, “Be thankful, this is great beach weather. The corn in the fields need this weather to grow tall! It feels like holidays!” This ‘someone’ makes good points about why hot weather is beneficial to us and we can be thankful.
Most of us have said or at least thought this, “I so dislike driving in the summer time in London because of all the congestion due to road construction.” Then someone reminds us, “Be thankful, we have a wonderful program to rebuild the roads so we can get from one place to another more efficiently. At times like this - this ‘someone’ may even say, “Isn’t it so great that you own a car! Roughly, less than 20% of the world’s population have a driver’s license and access to a car.”
On the first of July we celebrated Canada Day. We can think of several things that are wrong with Canada, but just as we are about to say them, someone will say, “Anyone who is born in Canada has basically won the lottery!” They will say that we have a free country with numerous opportunities.
Too often, in our privileged society we turn into complainers and become blinded to the things for which to be thankful to God. This robs us of joy. As followers of Jesus, take care that you do not become trapped by this negative attitude. With the hope we have in Christ, we need to ask ourselves how our lives display the thankfulness and joy of being children of God – or does our faith make no difference at all!
We are engaged in a sermon series on evangelism for the month of July. If our lives do not display the freedom and joy we found in Christ, the words we use will lose their meaning. Let’s open our eyes and listen to Jesus who speaks through this ‘someone’. This ‘someone’ may be you or hopefully will be you.
In Jesus name.