What You Can Find Everywhere

Matthew Henry (1672-1714) is known today for his great devotional commentary, but he should be remembered, as well, for his great life of faith. For instance, he provides us a superb example of gratitude in life for this thanksgiving season. Once, while walking down the street, he was robbed. The thieves stole everything of value on him. Later that evening, he wrote in his diary, “I am thankful that during these years I have never been robbed until now. Also, even though they took my money, they did not take my life. And although they took all I had, it was not much. Finally, I am grateful that it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”

Reasons for gratitude may be found in more places than we think because the goodness of the Lord can be found everywhere we could possibly imagine. We just need to stop and think about it. In fact, the word thank comes from the Anglo-Saxon word think. So these two words are closely connected. Rightfully so, for if we are thinking, we should be thanking. Scripture says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5). Also, it says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6).  

You may be thinking, “But there are some days when life brings storms…” True, and it may seem like you’ve had your share of them recently. But listen, even storms bring blessings. For instance, the rain brings refreshment to the plants and flowers. There is a cleansing and replenishing effect which comes with every storm. So even storms serve a redemptive purpose. In fact, every storm really ought to remind us of the goodness of the Lord and give us reason to pause and offer praise to our God.

Here’s what I’m saying: In good times and bad times, and really at all times, we should look for the goodness of the Lord. If we will do this, then it will give us a healthy outlook and help us practice what scripture teaches, “And forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). So learn each day to—

1)   Count your blessings in life.
2)   Collect memories of His mercies.
3)   Catalog His kindnesses to you.

Do this as a project in preparation for Thanksgiving Day! Start today—

Have a Blessing Day,
Pastor Ron

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