I have decided today to start a gratitude journal. A journal that expresses the gratefulness of God. I have so much to Thank God for. I watched a movie last night call God, where are You! It was about a guy who had ‘everything’ from the world’s perspective. He had money, fame, successful boxing career and he lost it all and became homeless. He was so angry with God because he blamed him for his misfortune. He met a guy while he was homeless and God used that gentlemen to help him realize that God has a bigger plan for your life sometimes. Sometimes God uses a setback or a disappointing incident to make us realize that the only thing that is eternal is our relationship with HIM. I will be the first to admit that God has to continue to remind me of this object lesson. I believe I’m a very methodical, logical guy. I’m very project oriented and I’m very good at setting goals and following through with them.
With God sometimes, I realize that MY plans may not be what HE wants for me. Isaiah 55:8 declares that Gods ways are not like our ways and His thoughts are not like our thoughts. I’m reading this book by TD Jakes called Destiny. He writes in Chapter 1 of the book, “It is not always the best or joyous moments that directs us to Destiny. Sometimes deep pain and torturous emotions later help to maneuver, mold, and position into your life’s purpose.” I will be the first to admit that I suffer from anxiety when things don’t go the way I originally plan. I’m praying to God constantly to give me Peace and a sense of calmness when things don’t always go the way I planned it. In Matthew 6:25 God admonishes us not to worry but seek Him first and all these things shall be added to us. I constantly struggle with giving God my problems, anxieties and fears and leaving it with HIM. I find myself notoriously trying to “FIX” things that only HE can. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (MSG) “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.”