Wednesday Worship Minute

April 17, 2024


Today I want to talk about gratitude. It’s a character quality that I began to pursue seriously a while back, when a trusted friend challenged me about my consistently negative attitude. I have shared before that my natural inclination as an artist and type A performer is perfectionism. This trait, if left unchecked and untrained, leads to fault-finding, nit-picking, and other annoyingly negative habits. Perfectionism is NOT a spiritual gift – it is a character flaw that only God can change. Anyway, this friend suggested to me that I learn to practice gratitude to see if it would change my negative outlook on life (and church, and children, and society in general). Guess what? It helped! A lot!

 

Scripture is very clear about gratitude.  From 1 Chronicles 29:13 (And now we thank You, our God, and praise Your glorious name.) to Hebrews 12:29 (Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.) the Bible tells us to give thanks 157 times! We know we ought to do it. We teach our kids to do it (or at least say it). But we give ourselves a pass and then wonder why our attitude is not right toward God or anyone else, and why our worship feels “off.”  Or worse, why we don’t feel like worshiping at all!

 

James 1:17 says “Every good thing given, and every perfect gift comes from above.” In Romans 8:28 we are told that even things that are not good He will work “together for our good.” I found it to be true that when I concentrated on giving thanks through the day for all the good things, and for His promise to work the other things out for my good, my whole attitude changed. I started to notice and appreciate more the things that were right and good in my life and began to feel less inclined to point out or dwell on the things that weren’t, in myself and in others. I am still an artist at my core, so when things are not good, are not right, I still notice, and it still bothers me. But I am no longer compelled to add to a project or situation that is already struggling my “two cents” of whining or complaining or fault-finding. And that has brought a change to my whole outlook. I am constantly finding reasons to tell God “Thank you!” My heart is full of gratitude, and it is easy to worship the One who wrought this amazing change in me. 

I encourage you to give it a try!



Careen


April 21 Song List:

 

The Solid Rock – Lifeway Worship - https://youtu.be/UtoSBXDzg-E?si=WoPAajY0o6iIyddX

 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus – Shane and Shane - https://youtu.be/ivhjpzHEH4s?si=WL1bxRoxaotiiMBA

 

His Mercy Is More – Matt Boswell, Matt Papa - https://youtu.be/hxOApooUSFI?si=c1ychDM6vbj8Mfa7

 

Gratitude – I AM THEY with Cheyenne Mitchell - https://youtu.be/0NX6hU_J38o?si=IMogc_5nKyUNRDDL