Gratitude Day 420
Wed., Mar. 11, 2020
1 Peter 4:1: Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him.
The Lord never ceases to amaze me.
Seriously. When I stay with God and keep myself with God, it is amazing how God comes to me.
But first … I must slow down long enough to see it. Realize it’s God. Stop and listen. Know God is with me.
This year, I decided to use The Message for reading daily scripture. This change has been A-MAZE-ING! I’m embarrassed to say that my version of The Message had collected dust while sitting on the bookshelf. This year, it’s getting a good workout and hopefully feeling a lot of love.
I’m reading 1 Peter right now. (You can be as well if you are following along in the read the New Testament in a year.) Yesterday I read the 4th chapter which began this way:
Stop. Just stop. Jesus. Went through. Everything. You’re going through. AND MORE?
That’s what it says. Just when we think there is no one who could have experienced this stuff you have done through, this shows up. There is someone who knows what you’re experienced. Who has experienced MORE than you have. Who knows your every emotion, feeling, worry and thought. Right there, just waiting to go through this valley with you.
Sometimes we say to each other, “I know what you’re going through.” When I hear this, I think to myself, “Do you REALLY know what it’s like to be in this person’s shoes?” Or are you just saying what sounds good? Right? Expected?
Here’s the deal. Even if someone has had a somewhat similar situation, they don’t know how you feel. Your reaction. Your disappointment. Your mixed-bag of emotions. Your heartache.
But Jesus, well, he does.
Today, slow down and share with Jesus whatever is heave on your heart. Whatever is weighting you down. Whatever is distracting you.
It’s really quite easy. Begin this way:
Jesus, here’s what is going on. I could use a little help. Help me think like you in this situation. Help me know that I’m not alone. That’s all. Thanks.
How do we deal with those parts of our lives that are difficult? Challenging? Distracting?
Learn to think like Jesus.
That’s all. Amen.
For words that comfort me when I’m distracted, I am grateful.
Dear God – Even when you know everything that is going on in our lives, You still love to hear how we feel about what is going on in our lives. Thank you for being a safe place for us to go. Thanks for knowing how we feel. Teach us to think like You. Amen.
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