Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. (Philippians 1:3-6 MSG)
WOW!! Have you ever felt this way about anyone? The first person that came to mind when I read this was my husband because I am so thankful for him. But honestly, do I “break out in exclamations of thanks” for the guy? Do my thoughts of thankfulness burst into awesome prayers for him? Honestly, not so much. I do thank God for him. I do ask God to bless him. I do ask God to fix him all the time. 😉
We live in a world that is so consumed with self. The Bible even says that in the last days people will be lovers of self. Am I this way? Am I a lover of myself? Am I someone who thinks of me all the time so much that I can’t burst into exclamations of thanks to God that trigger prayer for even my husband? I don’t want to be consumed with self. I don’t want to always find ways that my hubby could do better to please me. I don’t want to point out things in my friends that I would change or that I think would make them better people. I don’t want to be the mom who never pays attention to her children and is always too busy for them doing her own thing.
I want to be more like Jesus.
Jesus was not into himself at all! I can assure you Jesus would not have taken selfies every single day of himself. He didn’t die for himself. He laid himself aside for me and for you.
Today I encourage you to find that joy of The Lord. That joy that makes you burst into exclamations of thanksgiving for all you have and for who you have. I hope that joy consumes you so much that you can’t stop finding good in people and your circumstances so much so that it surprises even you. I want you to pray and pray hard. Pray that those you love will hunger and thirst for righteousness and so will you. Pray that those you love will live by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and so will you. Pray that God shows you how to bless others rather than be consumed with others not doing what you want them to do for you.
Father, I thank you and praise you for all that you are and all that you have done for me. I ask you to consume me with your joy. I ask you to bring to my mind those I should be thankful for and help me burst into exclamations of thanksgiving and prayer for others. Help me lay myself aside daily. I love you Jesus. You are all I need and you are enough for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.