This is my very first blog, and I'm so pleased to be doing one on a site with fellow believers! I have to admit I'm a little nervous about this. I mean, I know it's not a competition, but I'm just so awed by some of the wonderful insights and obviously well-researched blogs I have come across after only reading a few, and I wonder if I'm a little out of my league. At any rate, I'm glad that I'll be able to learn so much. Often, the internet is used to serve sin, as it once was in my life, but it's so refreshing to be able to have a Godly purpose online. This makes me think about a conversation I had with my husband today, and indeed a conversation I've had with him a few times. We have wonderful discussions about our country's cultural history, mainly from the 1920's to now, and a common theme is how things have changed, very often how they have deteriorated (sp?). We know that sin is ithe root and fuel in the viscious cycle of falling away from God, but recently I hit upon the idea that there is a more subtle thread to this downward spiral. It is our lack of gratitude. Of praise to our Father. This has particular meaning to me, because it was by learning to truly worship and be thankful that the Lord pulled me out of some very dangerous mental places. But think about it. What drives our society today? Even the Christians suffer from this from some degree. Greed. The "I can do it myself" attitude. Me. Mine. Selfishness. What feels good to me, even to the detriment of others. The remedy for this is simple, as we know that Christ is the answer. Even more than that, I put it to you, can you be truly selfish and greedy while you are honestly thanking and praising the Lord for what He has done for you? I think not. In fact, in my own life, praising God cures every "attitudinal" problem I put to the test. Every time I sink into depression, I turn my eyes to the wonders told in his Word. Every time I become restless and frustrated, I meditate on God's patience for our race. Every time I get angry because things are going the way that I want them to (control issues), I sing praises to our master designer. And every single time that I respond to a negative emotion with worship of our Lord, the reverse emotion and attitude wells up in me and overflows from me. How awesome and powerful God is that even just praising His Holy name can turn situations around! Praise the Lord! Praise God our Father! Praise the Son, the Lamb who was slain! Blessings, honor, glory and power, be unto His name! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Here's one that always gets me started: "Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms." ~Psalm 68:19
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[quote]The "I can do it myself" attitude. Me. Mine. Selfishness. What feels good to me, even to the detriment of others.[/quote]
Thats the "I'm #1" attitude of the world we are taught in school - sad! God is #1 !!!
It's sometimes hard to see what it is we are to be thankful for in those tough moments of life, but when we look to God we are truly blessed, and its hard to find something to complain about when looking at Him.
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This is truly a beautiful blog. Who indeed could be greedy and selfish while they are thanking God for His Blessings. I pray to think of this often, especially when I get a charity request, and am tempted to ignore it. Thank you for writing, and for our chat today.