“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
– Colossians 2:6,7
Today, we continue with our discussion on the importance of our daily thoughts. What we consume and think about is an excellent indicator of what our future can become. Here’s something my grandfather Dr. Schuller taught me: “Focus not on what you’ve lost; focus on what you have.” It is easier said than done to always look at what you have left, never at what you have lost. I recognize it takes constant vigilance to make sure that I’m focusing not on what I’ve lost but on what I have, and as I stated yesterday, to focus not on what I can’t control but on what I can control.
It’s vital to periodically, perhaps every six months or so, look at our thoughts and tune them up. Focusing on what we have allows us to express appreciation for the goodness of God in our lives. Being alive means we have a world full of opportunities and possibilities. Additionally, we have the freedom to create the life we want in the time we have left on earth. Last but not least, if you have Christ, you have everything! People say life is short, but Christians say, “Life is forever!” And if you know the Lord, you don’t have to worry.
Friend, often we make life too complicated! If you are friends with Jesus, you can enjoy eternal life. You can focus on and appreciate what you have in life, including friends, family, career, extracurricular activities, charitable endeavors, and your relationship with Jesus. This attitude of gratitude will be a blessing to all those around you!
Father, thank you for blessing my life. Help me to appreciate what you have provided.
Do you carry an attitude of thankfulness? How do you show gratitude to others?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
It’s like rebooting your mind! Before we realize it we’re focusing on the negative over and over. We forget we have control of what’s going in and out of our consciousness. We Can focus on being thankful for the goodness of God and the countless blessings we have every day! It’s a choice.