November 30, 2015

Read Psalm 100
 
I came home on a recent windy day to find that my power was out. By the time it was all said and done, my home was without electricity for roughly 33 hours. During those first few hours in the dark, I lamented about all the inconveniences that a lack of power caused me. The generator could only run a limited number of items. I could only access the internet from my phone. I couldn’t watch television. I had to wash dishes by hand and order in pizza for dinner. I was quite the whiner!
 
But, then it hit me. I was blessed. I had many things to be thankful for, even in the midst of a power outage. I had a generator that kept my refrigerator going to protect my food. Storms were predicted, but I had a phone that gave me access to the weather reports and the outside world. Without the distraction of television, I finally picked up that book I’ve been meaning to read. I still had warm water for the dishes, and the pizza was made special when accompanied by flickering candlelight.
 
Choosing to be thankful instead of complaining is a matter of changing our attitude. The Psalms tell us to be thankful, to give thanks to God for His goodness to us. I Thessalonians goes so far as to say we should give thanks in every situation. Even a power outage.
 
What about  you? Do you have an attitude of gratitude?