Thought for the day:
The past has much to teach us, so that the future can be brighter and better, and our service to God more effective.
The question is how to sift through and evaluate the past. The judicious use of good questions can take you far.
Another feature of using the the past is to remember how God has blessed and cared for us. Use the past as a register for God’s providence in your life.
My personality has little use for the past. It is wholly geared toward the future. This perspective has much to commend it, but having the past to bolster your present can provide much impetus and motivation for the future.
It all depends upon how we look at it.
O Soul, do not miss the importance of this truth: Without gratitude in your heart, dissatisfaction will corrode your soul. Start your sentences frequently with the phrase: I’m thankful for/that … Ponder in great detail what good blessings God has given you. Do not let Satan point out to you all the things you are supposedly missing by obeying the Lord. He did this with Eve. He deceives with lies. Israel died in the desert from ingratitude. Do not faint and expire in your spiritual life from it. Hang on tightly to the gift of thanksgiving. It will save you at every turn. It will keep you in the presence of God. It will enliven your heart and flow out to encourage others. It will pave your way into eternal life.
This piece is excerpted from a Corollaries segment, called “Daily Attitudes.” Something I need to read every day.
- I rejoice in Christ.
- I thank God the Father for every good gift from his hand and for every opportunity to draw near to him.
- I live to glorify God and serve my neighbor, beginning with my spouse.
- I feel compassion toward the needy and choose to show love to all, especially to the family of faith.
- I am guided by the truth of Scripture and commit myself to follow Jesus wherever he may lead me.
- I depend upon the Holy Spirit for strength as I breathe the heavenly air of his words.
- Having Christ, I have it all; I seek to share his divine fullness with everyone around me.