Isaiah 63:7 – I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
Often times when we get bogged down in life or when our weight loss journey seems to be going nowhere it is easy to get into a downward spiral of self-pity and frustration. When you get in a tail spin it is hard to know which way is which and to pull up before you crash and burn. (Yes, I watched an old war movie yesterday with lots of airplanes and dogfights).
I believe that is why we need to keep an attitude of gratitude on our hearts. It makes it harder for us to get shot down. When our hearts are full of praise and we are focused on God and his glorious blessings than we are no longer as vulnerable as before. It is like jumping into a supercharged, North American P-51 Mustang and flying behind enemy lines. They can throw a lot of heat at you but they can’t touch you.
Take a second look back over your life. This time look without all the negative feelings in your heart. Look at how God has been there over and over. See how he is eternal, always the same, always there, always the rock and fortress. He has brought victory over and over again, not just in your life, but through out the history of those who sought to do his will. He has called us children, citizens of his kingdom, heirs with Christ. He has gifted us with his Holy Word and filled us with his spirit. Do you see it? Do you see the blessings? Do you see his glorious riches available for the asking? This is how we should always see life. We need to look through the spiritual glasses of gratitude.
This is one of the reasons that I tell people who are starting a weight loss journey to start a gratitude journal (See Blogs from August 9, 2013 entitled, “Bless the Lord, O My Soul”, CHALLENGE THIRTY-FOUR: Gratitude Journal Challenge, and Challenge Blog posted August 18,2013) I recently had someone tell me that their gratitude journal not only helped them with their weight loss journey but also gave them the determination and will to get through with some very personal challenges to their life.
The Apostle Paul indicates that our mind is a battleground on which Satan tries to discourage us. That is why we put on the helmet of salvation. That is also why he says, “…brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things,” Philippians 4:8.
So when you start your day today count your blessings and write down the many things that you are grateful to God for giving you. Recall and recount those through-out your day. Look back over your life and just see how the hand of God has guided and blessed you through all those battles. Praise him for the victories.
Dear Lord, God Almighty, I praise you for the wonders of your hand. I praise you for the beauty of the morning. I am thankful for the many ways you have touched my life and blessed me. I ask for your protection and strength as well as the right attitude. Set my mind on truth, nobility, righteousness, purity, beauty, and praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.”
-Ivan Panin quotes (Russian mathematician 1855-1942)
“The worship most acceptable to God comes from a thankful and cheerful heart.”
-Plutarch, c A.D. 100