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The filter of thankfulness. While we are almost to the end of the month of March, four months removed from the traditional time of thanksgiving, it is still important to filter the everyday occurrences of life through the filter of thankfulness. I realize that is difficult on occasion but still necessary for an overall healthy perspective on life.

In approaching every day and every prayer with thanksgiving we will live the days we are given much differently. Paul emphasized that principle in his letter to the believers at Thessalonica with these words; "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Being thankful reinforces contentment in our life. We tend to compare ourselves and our stuff less with others as we learn to be content. Philippians 4:11

Dr. Grant Ethridge, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton VA. writes--"Nothing good comes from covetousness. Wrongly desiring what someone else has leads to many other issues: ungratefulness, selfishness, idolatry, and more. It gets in the way of loving one another, and it takes away our own happiness. Comparison kills contentment!"

You and I live in a culture that thrives on discontent. And one of the greatest deterrents to getting sucked into that whirlpool of distress is to begin every day with thanksgiving.

God spared no expense to give us life abundant and life eternal. The thief designs to rob you and me of that through a variety of distractions. Often reminders of God's grace and goodness will reinforce the importance of contentment in Christ!

Hebrews 13:5-6 says, "Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So, we may boldly say; 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, what can man do to me?'"

Our Helper is eager to assist in the difficult times of life and He rejoices with us in the best times! Give Him thanks for being there in both!

That's a good word for every day because it's His word to you and me!

May the Lord bless and keep you until the coming our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36