I want to be the person who instantly recalls all the good and needs to think long and hard for the not so good. Sadly, that’s not the way it is for me. If it is for you, do you learn to be this way or is it your natural inclination? I like to say that my natural inclination is to be a realist, but maybe I spend too much time being “real” and not enough time being thankful.
This month my focus is on learning to be grateful. To make gratitude the focus, not in a superficial way of listing all the things that went my way in a day, but really pondering what good things God had given me. I love and am eternally grateful for God’s mercy. Without it, I would be a hot mess. In Psalm 31 which is a Prayer in Distress and Thanksgiving for Escape, David cries out for God’s help in his distress, asking for help, love and mercy. God gives us all of this, and so we can say, in our pain, confusion or suffering, “I will rejoice and be glad in your mercy, once you have seen my misery, gotten to know the distress of my soul” (Ps 31:8).
Are you glad for God’s mercy? I hope you are because it is there for the asking. And as the verse says, his mercy is ours once we show him our misery and distress. We need to be honest with God. That may seem like a silly thing to say, after all, God knows everything. But we try to hide ourselves from him, especially those parts that are not quite up to being looked upon by God. Don’t try to hide, lay it all out for him so that mercy can be extended to you.
Ponder & Pray: What gifts from God are you most grateful for? Faith, Mercy, Hope, Love? Thank him today for those and ask for an increase in whatever you feel lacking. Pray to be filled so that you can share what he gives you with others.