Are you discouraged? Feeling defeated? Depressed? Angry? Worried? Are you full of fear, resentment, or frustration? Are you experiencing marital difficulties, problems at work, unemployment, at odds with family and relatives? Are you lonely, uneasy about your future, facing financial struggles or have no peace of mind?
One time a pastor of a church felt defeated and discouraged. (It happens. Trust me.) Some of his church folks were unhappy, there were financial struggles, attendance had dropped, some church leaders were not growing in their own faith and were becoming negative, etc.
Everything seemed to be piling up and all this pastor could see was sadness and gloom. For months he prayed for victory over his constant depression but nothing seemed to change. Finally, in desperation, he decided to go on a retreat and pray until he found renewed strength and meaning for his life and ministry.
He arrived at the small but homey mountain cabin that would be his home for a period of time since he expected to stay for a long prayer siege. As he was settling in he noticed on the wall of the cabin a simple plaque with the words, “TRY THANKSGIVING.” Something suddenly awakened within him. During all his months of prayer he had forgotten to simply praise God for who He is and thank Him for the countless ways He displays His love every day.
Sitting down on his bed he immediately began to think of things to thank God for. He became so encouraged and renewed that instead of staying he returned to his congregation with a new sense of God’s goodness and provision, which in turn, gave him a surge of energy and enthusiasm. Focusing on true thanksgiving had worked an immediate cure.
What about you? Have you tried thanksgiving? I’m not talking about some holiday or a “quickie” prayer over your Cocoa Puffs. I’m talking about adopting a new attitude toward everyday life where you regularly take inventory and are thankful for God’s consistent provision for things big and small. It’s a sure cure for discouragement, depression and negativity not to mention the fact life becomes more enjoyable even in the bad days.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (I Thessalonians 5:18).
It’s a life-changer!