Appreciation

Maybe it’s the heat, or the sad rhetoric​​ coming from politicians, or the immigrants that are in our county and want more without thanking the USA for what they have been given. Or maybe it’s the condition of many of our youth that take and take from adults, the government and their friends and family and choose not to say thank you to those ​from whom they ​have benefitted. And maybe it’s that some adults don’t appreciate the benefits they receive from our country (really ​ from​ the taxpayers). And finally, maybe it’s seeing the lethargic, lukewarm persons who claim to be Christians who go through the motions but don’t really desire to follow the true Gospel who have frustrated me so in the past few months. But right now I am challenged with the feeling of frustration and I know it is not healthy and Jesus does not want me to go there, but there I am!

With that said and the feelings I have, the only and best thing for me to do is to go to scripture for clarity and comfort. I know the scriptures. I have even quoted many of them to people that were in the same position I am in now, but heaven only knows why I have let myself get to this point.

I need the reminders of John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” I guess the stress of our student Riscilla being dropped from​ NAU because of a low-grade average when I had such high hopes for her has got me down.  

And then I remembered Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” That takes care of my selfish idea that for the past six years we have been pouring into our Apache students to see that they get a good education in an environment that is safe and healthy, and they don’t say thank you (enough)! Another thing getting me down.

​M​y frustration grows as I see some of my friends and others fall under the spell of false teachers and not being willing to ​listen to the Truth in Scripture. Then,​ I am reminded of 2 Timothy 4:3-4​.​ “A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear.​”​

The frustrations could go on and on if I would let them but I have a Champion, a Savior that comes to my rescue (and very often I may say) who reminds me as in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” He will do it, not me.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I have to put my trust and faith In Jesus for the strength I need and can’t get on my own.

And then Matthew 11:28-29 tells me where to go when I feel lost and tired. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

And when others seem to be thankless, unappreciative, selfish, and ungrateful I am to ignore them and concentrate on me, myself and I in respect to actions or inactions of gratefulness. I am to remember I should …​

​”​Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.​” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 ​”​Give thanks to the LORD, for ​He is good; His love endures forever.​” 1 Chronicles 16:34

 ​”​Give thanks to the LORD, call on ​His name; make known among the nations what ​He has done.​”  1 Chronicles 16:8

 ​“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in ​Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.​” Colossians 2:6-7

 ​”​And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through ​Him​” Colossians 3:17

 Wow, I feel better; a new perspective has just jumped out in front of me! Who would have thought?

How about you?

 

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