I was talking with a co-worker today about the attitudes we often run into with others. I shared that my dad always told me “attitudes are contagious—make sure yours is worth catching.” I have to admit I often forget that wise advice.
My friend is building a new home, and suddenly I’m seeing all kinds of things wrong with mine. Someone I know gets a new car, and suddenly I want to trade mine in too! A co-worker reaches retirement, and instead of focusing on how happy I am for them, I start grumbling because I still have to work! What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I have what they have? I forget that God has blessed me with the same opportunities he blessed them with.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Where do you want more?
Brian Tome said he wants these wins: more people at his church, money in his bank account, fun with his wife, friends he can count on, a pool in his backyard, grandkids, and spiritual gifts.
Where do you want more? Are you taking action on it? Or is it only a pipe-dream?
I am blessed to have a home. And it may be old, but God blessed me with the opportunity to remodel the bathroom this summer, and it’s beautiful! I also have a decent car to drive, and since it will be paid off soon, I don’t need to be jealous of my friends’ car payments! I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work just seven blocks away from my home for 27 years, and I’ll be able to retire in just three more years! I am making preparations now for future home repairs, car payments that are lower, and working part-time doing something I love.
I am looking forward to that day when I can spend the rest of eternity praising and worshiping my maker. But I am using the time I have left to share the gospel message with as many friends, family, and even perfect strangers as I can. I’m investing in my here and now, but more importantly, I’m investing in the everlasting love only my Father in heaven can give. And that brings more joy than any house, car, or job ever could.
How do you feel about the “stuff” you have in your life right now? Do you want more? Do you have a goal and a plan to achieve it? Have you asked God to help you?
Learn more about the people in the Bible God chose to bless. Do a Bible study about David. Learn how God blessed him and what made him a man after God’s heart.
Dear Father in heaven, you have blessed me with so much, and I am grateful for what you have done, are doing, and will do in the future. I pray for prosperity, health, and good fortune, and I ask with a humble heart. I give my life to you, to do with as you will. I will rejoice in you Lord, and I will sing songs of praise to my Savior whether in plenty or in wanting. I praise you! In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Julie Estep. Julie loves her husband John and their combined five adult children and four grandchildren. Her favorite activities are walking their two dogs and golfing. She loves sharing her faith and is grateful for the chance to be a LIO contributor.
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