“You walk through all my walls
Conquered my shame
Stepped into my past
Fill my world with grace
You didn’t have to come
But You wanted to
I say Thank You”
When life is challenging, when you are tempted towards despair, when the voice of darkness whispers in your ear, when it seems that circumstances are overwhelming . . . what do you do? How do you deal with the waves of the storm crashing on your shore? Can you worry them away? Does the focus on every negative perception ever change one of them into a positive reality? Throwing worry, fear, anxiety, depression, dark thoughts etc. out on the waves have only a negative return. There is no life in those defense mechanisms, you just become more staunch in your negative and dark space.
I’m choosing to Rage in my Thanks. I’m working hard at not focusing on what is not happening, at what is not my preferred state, on what is not working out etc. I’m focusing on the God of provision who has never left me alone. I’m focusing on the One who showed up in my life when I was poor and a beggar and he showered me with grace and gifts. At every stage of my life he has never changed. He loves me and he always has, what do I even have to worry about? My circumstances are harsh, but so is my thanks. If the storms are raging on my shore then I’m here tonight shouting right back into the salty air, I’m raging in my thanks.
I have so much to be thankful for. I married my best friend who is my biggest fan, I have 3 AMAZING and talented kids (you should meet them), I belong to an authentic and honest church community that would run through a wall for me and my family, I’m filthy rich with great friends, my dog loves me, my Jeep rocks, my bed is comfortable, my roof isn’t leaking (at the moment), my fridge is full, my grill is tasty, my blood pressure is managed, my soul is free. I can’t hear the storm tonight because I’m not falling into the trap of fear, I’m raging in thanks. Join me.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? – Matthew 6:25-27