My life is far from perfect. I often go through periods of depression or anxiety; I focus on what is not working for me, or what I am lacking; I self-indulge; I live life as if others (including God) exist to fulfill my purposes and dreams. Thankfully, I do not live like this all the time (I praise God that HE constantly and continually rescues me from my self-centered choices), and by God’s grace I can also see the good and lovely in my life, regardless of my circumstances. For this I give glory to Christ, for without him, I would live only for myself and in the end, drown in misery.
I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” With this in mind, I purpose to be more thankful, and I ask God to open my eyes to see His grace, goodness, mercy, and love in ALL circumstances.
So today I am grateful the Bible, which speaks to me, to the core of me. Many have been persecuted, killed, and ostracized in order to preserve this book. I reap the benefits of reading it, hearing it, confessing it, and being transformed by it. In it, I find God’s words to me. Without it, I would lack purpose and direction.