And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account, (Hebrews 4:13).
Pastor Craig G. says “I will not let what I want rob me of what I have.” There is so much to give thanks for! When I look at what I have, I see so much for which I am grateful. When I look at what I want, I see so much for which I can be depressed. My list is long! It goes all the way from please give me curly hair to being a millionaire. I really want everything on my list. But my leaning on my list causes me to miss the very cherished moments of what I have.
If there is one thing I have learned from all my trips to Tanzania, it is that people, who have absolutely nothing, who live in mud huts, who cannot get jobs, who are, in all domains, destitute, are much happier than those of us in developed countries where we have too much. They have time for their families; they have time for their friends; they have time to appreciate God’s great out of doors. They go to church on Sunday and spend the whole day singing and dancing before the Lord, and they come home happy. We can barely give church an hour or two on Sunday, and we come home with the same fights we left with.
Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of desire, (Ecclesiastes 6:9).
Better is what we have than what we hope for. I’m not saying don’t hope for more. Never. I’m saying don’t let what we hope for ruin what we have. Be appreciative. Be full of joy, full of peace. Enjoy what we have been given. It’s God’s will for us. Be appreciative of what He has already given us and we will find it is exactly enough for this moment in time. What we lack is nothing. What we have is something. When we express our thanksgiving to God, more will be opened for us.