To Be Grateful – Friday, July 23, 2021

But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him – 1 Corinthians 8:6

 

“You were my strength when I was weak/You were my voice when I couldn’t speak/You were my eyes when I couldn’t see/You saw the best there was in me/Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach/You gave me faith ’cause you believed/I’m everything I am/Because you loved me.” I can’t help but feel grateful when I hear those lyrics from “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion as they resurface memories of God’s faithfulness.

Feeling overwhelmed.  There have been many instances when situations have depleted my ability to handle them.   However, it is once I have acknowledged my incapability that God’s power overtakes me and I’m able to press on:  “for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  Feeling unworthy.  Even as a Christian, I have recalled and allowed hurtful words to create discouragement and self-doubt.  Yet, my confidence is renewed when I refocus my mind on God’s description of me:  “for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

But the most compelling reason for gratitude is contained in these two lines: “I’m everything I am/Because you loved me.” As you look at your life and everything God has done, you undoubtedly will come to the same conclusion that the only suitable state of mind to have is gratefulness.