Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Thankfulness, An Impossible Standard?

Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ bringing you your message minute. 

Do you ever feel like some standards are just impossible to meet?  I remember scoring a 92 on my 6th grade report card, which was the only B I had for that grading period.  What was my mom's response to 5 A's and a B+?  "You can do better."  While I thought it was too tough a standard at the time, my mom knew better, and pretty soon I was a regular straight A student. 

Sometimes I look at God's standards and think "Are you serious?  I can't do that!"  Take for instance the command in 1Thessalonians 5:16, to "give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."  Just as soon as I start thinking that God's standard is just too hard, I remember mom's belief that "I can do better."  I remember God's statement in Philippians4:13 "I can do all through Him who gives me strength."  I remember and then I try hard to meet the standards set before me that will, not only honor God, but bless my life as well. 

This morning, if you want to try harder to give thanks in all circumstances, consider starting by praying the ancient Jewish Prayer called "ModehAni" before your feet ever hit the floor.  It says, "I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great." 

Try hard to reach for new levels of thankfulness in your life.  You'll be glad you did.  
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