Thursday, 24 September 2020

P Power of Positive Faith

Living Grateful is not Fantasy

Some think that having a grateful heart means that you are living in some kind of fantasy land; that you are living like some kind of hippie with the "peace and love" attitude and that you are not serious about reality or the business of life; they could not be further from the truth.

Gratefulness is an attitude. It is to know and appreciate, without a doubt, that God holds us up when we cannot lift our heads. It is to be confident that in spite of what we encounter or who we encounter, we trust that God will be there with us all the way and that He will help us when we can’t seem to figure it out ourselves.

Some laugh at us when we insist on the existence of God, and some will ridicule when we say that He is the one and only true God. At times we are even scorned because others will question why we are relying on this mysterious person in the sky rather than relying on ourselves. They accuse us of living in a fantasy land, believing in some mysterious being that will come down out of heaven to save us from evil. These critics may laugh at us when we say we believe and shake their heads in dismay when we ignore pure logic.

Hmmm. What many don’t understand is that what we believe defies logic. So the question becomes why would we allow ourselves to be the objects of such ridicule and criticisms? Why is it that we don’t believe that we are living a fantasy? Why do we believe that a heart of gratefulness helps us? Why can we ignore the brutal and negative nature of those who oppose what we believe? It's because of Him! Colossians 3:15-20 "And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

I strongly believe that as Believers, we are not to feel like we are weird or living in a fantasy land because others don't believe in God. We are not to feel that we are living as the 1960's love, peace and happiness generations either just because that's what others think of us. We should be the love, peace and happiness generation, every generation, because that's what we are commanded to be and do by Jesus.

1 Peter 3:8 tells us "…all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude."

Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness; gentleness and self-control…" I think the picture is clear. We aren’t living in "la-la" land. We try to live as Jesus taught us to live. As such and as Believers, we should be the ones that everyone looks to when we face troubles and watch them become amazed that we are still living happy and content lives. 

No we are not living in fantasy land; we face the reality of life every day. We face problems, difficult challenges, and get just as upset, dismayed and worried as anyone else. The difference should be that when we find ourselves continually going down that black hole of despair, we have learned to remind ourselves to look up and look for Him, when we do, our perspectives definitely change.

I am grateful and content which colors my perspective about my life’s challenges. I pray to remain that way because life can be awful; it can be tough and it can be hard. But life can also be wonderful, content and purposeful; we only see the latter when we respond to life positively.

Having a grateful heart means that we are clear about our problems, and we are certainly clear about our God. Because we know Him, we have learned to approach everything in life differently because we see Him in the midst of our struggles and our joys...

Columnist: LaSharnda Beckwith

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Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, PhD, MBAA, MA, BPS, is an Empowerment Advocate, personal life coach, motivational speaker & leadership expert. She knows that in order for anyone to experience success in their personal or professional lives, there must be a fundamental change in attitude. One cannot be or think negatively and expect positive results. In addition, she loves to interact where she can encourage, enable, empower and energize others.  She is a retired executive of more than 26 years with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. She retired as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She is currently a Professor in the School of Management at Texas Woman’s University. She is an author and talk show host. Her new book, When You're Happy With You focuses on helping others find value, build self confidence, self-esteem and confront issues that may be holding them back and is currently available online through Xulonpress.com/bookstore, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.  Her radio talk show “Living Happy Every Day with Dr. LaSharnda” can be heard on www.LATalkradio.com, channel 1.

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