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Be thankful

It is easy to get caught up with life and forget to give thanks to the Lord as we often focus on our needs when praying.

“Lord, I need help with this problem.” How often, after the problem is resolved, do we take time to give God thanks for giving us the help that we asked for?

According to Psalm 100 verse 4, the scripture encourages us to, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.”

God is interested in everything about us, big and small. His desire is that we include him in our everyday lives to the point that we know His will toward us.

No matter what happens, we should propose to praise and thank God for everything that He has done for us.

In the day that we live in, there are people who habitually complain about this, that or the other. But if we take the time to evaluate all of that, we have so much to be thankful for, so let’s be thankful for what we have.

In my personal life, I try to take care of my body by, at least most of the time, eating good food that will build my immune system and at the same time do physical work on the farm each evening and to keep my heart and muscular system in tune.

Rarely do I get sick but when I do, I self-medicate with over-the-counter meds. If that isn’t working, I then make an appointment with my doctor. The only time I talk to him is when I can’t take care of myself.

Isn’t it easy to treat God that same way? Only calling upon Him when we can’t handle things ourselves?

In my marriage, if I only talked to my wife when I couldn’t handle things myself, the marriage would not have lasted 44 years. I’m not saying there isn’t room for improvement because there is but we do have a daily line of communication.

If I were to ask you if you could improve on your relationship with God, what would you say? If your answer would be “yes,” then I would respond, “That is your responsibility. I can’t do it for you and you can’t do it for me.”

A weight lifter doesn’t start lifting weights the day of the competition. He or she will prepare themselves months and years by doing daily repetitions so that they are ready when the day of testing arrives.

It is the same with our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Build your relationship with Him today so you can stand the test tomorrow.

Satan knows God’s word better than any of us. He’s banking on us not knowing our rights as stated in the Bible.

l John 5:14 (NIV) states “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

What is His will? The answer is in the Bible. Read it, worship God and be thankful.

Eric Hopkins is an associate minister at Growing Branches for Christ Ministries and wrote this article as a member of the Fayette County Ministerial Association.