God's word in today's world

Finding peace in what you have


Nataniël has a way of putting things. He said this about gratitude: “Get a dog and call him ‘Thank you’. Every time you call him will remind you how grateful you need to be for everything you have and everything you receive undeservedly, by grace.”

8if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.

This statement of Paul refers to more than food and clothes. All of us have so much to be grateful for. Health, children, family, and simply the fact that we can breathe, should make us overflow with gratitude. A roof over your head, a spouse, a job, peace, love, caring, rest. There is so much to be thankful for.

But still we lack peace and joy. I suspect it’s because we look for it in all the wrong places. Wealth, cars, prestige, promotion, business, or whatever we’re looking for, do not bring peace. And the fact that we don’t have the things we desire overshadows all that we do have.

I think we should list all the things we can be grateful for. Things that we take for granted, not realising how fortunate we are to have all of that.

I watched a movie about a man who lost both his legs in the Boston bombing in 2013. The bomb exploded in the crowd just before the Boston Marathon finish line. One moment he was waving a sign to encourage his girlfriend who was running the marathon. The next moment he lost both his legs. To see him facing severe challenges just to be able to walk again, with a shuffle, was quite moving.

I suspect he wanted to shout out to every man and woman he passed to appreciate what they had. Walking from point A to point B cannot be taken for granted. You need legs to do it. Healthy legs. Be grateful for what you have.

Take a step back, see what you really have, and be grateful, because in this gratitude, real peace is found. I know it’s not always easy. Each of us is dealing with our own challenges.

How grateful are you to know there is a God that cares for you so much? How many times a day do you thank God for sending his Son to die for your sin?

When you realise how much you have, you look at life differently. It uplifts your mood and you can face the mountain before you. Then you can tackle the difficult days with a skip in your step.

Sometimes you must simply sit back, look above the noise and see what you have. Know that real peace can only be found with God. Be grateful for all the grace that forms part of your inheritance every day.

Real peace and rest can be found with God.

Scripture
1 Timothy 6:6-10

Reflection
Are you looking for real peace?
Are you really satisfied with what you have?
How does gratitude affect your attitude?

Prayer
Lord, I know I don’t always see the grace I receive daily. I receive so much. Thank you for everything. Thank you for being so good to me. Please help me live it by focusing on others. Amen.

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