“O Thou in Whose presence my soul takes delight…”
Beautiful words. I wish that it was always so with me, but I would not be honest if I said that it was. I want to delight in my God more and more. A thankful spirit goes a long way in getting to that point.
You know, we live in an affluent society. It’s true, even if you are behind on bills, hardly making ends meet, and fallen on hard times, you still have more than most people in this world. We forget that a lot. We think that we need the iPad, multiple vehicles, countless purses, shoes, and eat what we want when we want it. Life is a dream here, compared to most parts of the world. But we get upset when our order at McDonalds isn’t as fast as we would like. If we have clothes that are from last year, we are quick to purchase new ones. We have a lot. If you think about it, you have a lot.
I have been trying to pare down what we need in our home. Our house is pretty small for the six of us. Most people would be irritated and say, “We HAVE to move!” I know, because I have said that a few times. I am learning to be content. That more is just sometimes more, not better. I have a long ways to go, and I don’t mean to make anyone feel guilty for what they have. It is a blessing to live as we do. And when God blesses us, we ought to accept the blessing. But sometimes I think that our perspective of that blessing needs to change.
What has helped me is the various opportunities that we have had at church to watch “Dispatches from the Front.” It’s a series produced and distributed by Frontline Missions, an organization that focuses its efforts on unreached or under-reached people groups, especially in the 10/40 window.
In these videos, I have seen the joy of Jesus light up faces of people who have nothing. Their salvation is enough. Their soul truly does delight in God. Wow. That really knocks the wind out of my American Dream sails. It makes me, by default, MORE thankful for what I have, for where God has put me, and brings home the real needs of fellow believers all over the world. So if you get a chance, watch the previews, or order the DVDs, or ask to borrow from me, I have two of them.
I know that this doesn’t seem like a real thanksgiving post, but it is. Let’s be thankful right where we are. Not when we get something, but we should be thankful for what we have.
This day, I am thankful for my husband. He’s such a hard worker, dedicated to what he does. Stephen is always supportive of what I do and is honest when he sees things that could be changed. He desires to do God’s will and is not concerned about what other people think in response to that. I don’t have to be the pants in the family, and I really appreciate that. He’s got that mischievous smirk that makes even the most serious debate turn into a fun interaction. People like my husband are difficult to come by, and I really am blessed to have him.