Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – Ephesians 5:20
There’re those who don’t appreciate or even recognize the progress they’ve made, or the blessings of God in their lives. They always wear a worry look, troubled all the time, only seeing what they can’t do, and what they don’t have. They’re quick to complain, “I haven’t been promoted in the last five years!”
The problem is, they fail to recognize and acknowledge all the other subtle promotions and blessings they experienced within the same period. Your promotion isn’t only through your job; there’re other kinds, and you’ve got to identify them and be appreciative. Haven’t you learnt something new? Hasn’t your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word improved? Hasn’t your prayer life become richer? Aren’t you praying better than you used to? Always consider all these other blessings and improvements the Spirit of God has brought into your life, because they’re actually even more important; centre your mind on them! Let those blessings thrill you.
There’re promotions you should never overlook; an example is the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit in your life! That’s greater than any physical or material blessing or promotion you could ever get. In fact, it’s what will give rise to the promotion at work. There are people who were promoted at work and still got frustrated and committed suicide. There were others who had a lot of money, and all that money could buy, yet they were depressed, unhappy and ended up destroying themselves.
You’re never going to be satisfied because you have so much; and you’re not necessarily going to obey God because you have so much. Therefore, learn to be content, and please Him in all things. Serve the Lord joyfully, irrespective and independent of circumstances. Put Him first in your life and be thankful and excited about your life, and how He’s leading you.
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Dear Lord, from the depth of my heart, I acknowledge your faithfulness towards me! You’ve qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light, having freely given me all grace! Thank you for making my life glorious and making me the effulgence of your righteousness, beauty, wisdom, and grace, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13