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Be The Change!

Good morning. It is Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Do you know what the most repeated command in the Bible is?

Obedience? Stewardship? Morality? Faithfulness?

No. None of those. And although all the above mentioned are important, the most repeated command in the Bible, more or less, is for us to be happy.

We are told repeatedly to rejoice, be joyful, give thanks, do not be afraid.

In fact, according to my online search this morning, “fear not” is the most repeated phrase in the Bible.

God wants us to be happy. If we are always in a state of giving thanks, there is very little room for unhappiness. If we are rejoicing, it is hard to be sad. If we are joyful, it has an effect, not only on us, on others. God wants us to be happy.

I try to begin everyday with thanksgiving. I thank God for waking me. I thank Him for watching over me while I slept etc.

This morning as I was showing my thankfulness, I found myself thanking Him for things that we usually take so much for granted.

I thanked Him for the hot water that came out of my faucet and for keeping the water heater functioning.

I thanked Him for a well with good water and plenty of it.

I thanked Him for electricity this morning and the ability to flip a switch to light my kitchen.

I thanked Him for the washing machine that worked last night and for the dryer that was running this morning.

I thanked Him for my car that started and the garage door that opened.

I thanked him for the beautiful sunrise

I witnessed this morning with the sun hiding behind clouds of pastel pinks, blues and greys.

I thanked Him for a comfortable bed and a good night’s sleep.

I thanked Him for my dog who makes me laugh and smile.

I thanked Him for my freezer that kept my fruit frozen for this morning’s smoothie.

I thanked Him for the fence that will keep my dog safe while I am at work.

I thanked Him for the birds that were singing and the deer I saw walking through the property.

I thanked Him for the red dirt that will soon be covered in grass.

I thanked Him for the flowers that continue to bloom.

I thanked Him for the leaves changing color and the cooler mornings.

Even as I write this morning, I am thanking Him for the sun that is streaming in my office window and shining in my eyes. I thank Him for my job and the opportunity to witness and pray with others. I thank Him for the ability to read and write and type.

I especially want to thank Him for keeping one of my grandson’s safe in a roll over crash last week. It is truly a miracle. God spared Him from even a scratch. The airbags deployed, both from the front and from the side, and yet he does not have a single mark on his face. He found a piece of gravel inside his jeans pocket and yet none marked his skin. He found broken glass in his clothes and yet he received no cut. He keeps telling me how he cannot believe he walked away from that crash, and I keep using the opportunity to witness to him about Jesus’ love for him and God who sent guardian angels to protect him. The car may be totaled but my grandson is alive and well and I am so very thankful!

I just love the way God works! His timing is always perfect. My friend Alta sent the following to me this morning. I was amazed how well it fit into what I was writing about. I want to share it with you as well.

“The Lord desires us to make mention of His goodness and tell of His power. He is honored by the expression of praise and thanksgiving. He says, “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.” Psalm 50:23. The people of Israel, as they journeyed through the wilderness, praised God in sacred song. The commandments and promises of the Lord were set to music, and all along the journey these were sung by the pilgrim travelers. And in Canaan as they met at their sacred feasts, God’s wonderful works were to be recounted, and grateful thanksgiving was to be offered to His name. God desired that the whole life of His people should be a life of praise. Thus, His way was to be made ‘known upon earth,’ His saving health among all nations.’ Psalm 67:2. So it should be now. The people of the world are worshipping false gods. They are to be turned from their false worship, not by hearing denunciation of their idols, but my beholding something better. God’s goodness is to be made known. ‘Ye are My witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.’ Isaiah 43:12.” – Christ’s Object Lessons, pages 298-299

What has God done for you lately? Yes, the ‘little’ things. Talk about it. Talk about Him. Let others see your heart as you open up to all the goodness He has done for you.

Anyone can complain about what is wrong in their life. Anyone can grumble about what they do not have. Anyone can focus on the bad, the sad and the mad.

Friends do not be ‘anyone’. Be different. Be the change you want to see in your family, in your neighborhood, in your church and your community. Be the change you want to see in the world. It really does start with you and me.

Psalm 67:1,3

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us.” . “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

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