Apr 5, 2011

Thankfulness

 "You are exalted as head over all . . . Now therefore, our God, we give You  praise."
{1 Chronicles 29:11,13}

Christ rules over all and makes all work for good, so we can cast all our cares on Him and be thankful in all things. Thanksgiving is the most therapeutic of our attitudes. It's the best psychology for the soul and the most pleasant of our emotions. It's the opposite of grumbling, complaining, and hand-wringing.

In his classic book A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, William Law writes:

Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world? It is not he who prays most or fasts most; it is not he who gives most alms, or is most eminent for temperance, chastity, or justice; but it is he who is always thankful to God, who wills everything as God willeth, who recieves everything as an instance of God's goodness, and has a heart always ready to praise God for it . . .
If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing. Could you, therefore, work miracles, you could not do more for yourself than by this thankful spirit, for it heals with a word speaking, and turns all that it touches into happiness.

Excerpt from: My All in All: Daily Assurance of God's Grace by Robert J. Morgan

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