One of the many manners we were taught growing up were two words, Thank you!
While in our life boat, we will have many opportunities to say thank you to people but most importantly to God.
This is where I fail many times. When God answers a prayer, even if it seems very small, we need to thank Him. It is an important mindset to live a life being grateful and thankful.
When life situations blow into our boat, it is time to thank Him. A beautiful sunset, a quiet moment to regroup, an encouraging word from someone, a financial provision, a little child’s hand tucked in yours, safety of friends and family, or justice served. The list is endless.
God loves to give us things. Are we really aware each day of those precious little things He bestows on us? As long as we still have breath, we need to praise Him.
King David said, I will never give up hope or stop praising you. All day long I will tell
the wonderful things you do to save your people. But you have done much more than I could possibly know. I will praise you, Lord God, for your mighty deeds and your power to save. Psalm 71: 14-16 (CEV)
Bow down and worship the Lord our Creator! The Lord is our God, and we are his people, the sheep he takes care of in his own pasture. Psalm 95: 6-7 (CEV)
For me, personally, I struggle to praise God during tough times. Life is hard enough fighting waves in my life boat to then be told to praise God anyway. I am sure you are much better at this than me so I need to keep working on it.
My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. James 1: 2-3
I prefer enjoying the view and a calm ride in my boat than the wavy times with my paddle fighting to keep afloat. Do you feel the same way?
When we are in a thankful state of mind, it helps our attitude and perspective on life. That is sketched on my life to-do list.
Well, that wraps up the series on One Big Boat, Different Paddle. It is important to remember we cannot compare our life to anyone else. We have our own ride on the water.
So, the choice is ours. Will we let God be Captain of our Life Boat clinging to our paddle that has been given us? Hope you will join me.
See you on the water!