Lifting that Load…..
I was watching a backhoe the other day in a field near our home. It was scooping dirt, lifting it, turning and placing it in a pile behind itself. It moved with precision and did quite a bit of work. No wonder our boys loved watching these type of machines work when they got a chance!
It was quite mesmerizing actually. Boy, it sounds like I need to get a life!
But I got to thinking about our loads…..
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just scoop them up and dump them behind us?
Well, we kind of can….
It starts with thanksgiving. I know that the actual holiday is celebrated on Thursday of this week. I know that you will read and hear over and over how important it is to be thankful for things each and every day. While that is a noble call, sometimes I have found that hard to do.
Especially when the load is heavy….
But in our daily thanksgiving, we acknowledge who God is in our life. We look for His purpose and we feel His presence. I am reminded to depend on Him and trust Him when I certainly don’t understand the “whys” or “what-fors” .
When I focus of thanksgiving and spend time in praise to my Holy God, the attention swings from me to Him. All of the sudden I am not thinking about the swirling circumstances that surround me and the loved ones around me…I am thinking of Him. And He inhabits the praise of His people. It immediately removes anxiety.
I don’t necessarily wake up every morning thanking God. In fact, more often than not I am moaning from the pain of “unfolding” to get out of bed! But waking with an attitude of Thanksgiving would change my focus…and I need that many days!
I figured since I have been watching a backhoe lately, I might as well keep up that juvenile attitude and think of a way to start each day with Thanksgiving….ABC’s!
Start with A…..and list all the things that begin with A that I am thankful for. B the next day…you get the idea.
” LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” Psalm 28:7
Now watching that backhoe doesn’t seem like such a waste of time!
IN CHRIST ALONE
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