I was under the weather the entire day yesterday. Unfortunately it was Sunday, so I still felt the need to deliver Sunday’s sermon since it was all prepared and I didn’t feel like calling on a staff guy in 11th hour. I laid on the couch in my office during the Sunday School hour, didn’t shake anybody’s hand (settled for the sanitary forearm bump), and did my best to survive 30 minutes in the pulpit. Anyway, I suffered through, and so did the congregation. When church was over I went straight home, skipped lunch, and went right to bed. I Slept and relaxed most of Sunday, slept soundly all Sunday night and am now feeling much better on Monday morning.
I don’t like being sick at all, and haven’t been for a couple of years. However, one good thing about feeling sick is that when you are feeling better it is so good to feel good again. Nothing clears up a depressed mindset then realizing how blessed you are to even be out of bed!
So………..are we grateful for feeling good? Are we appreciative for the little things in life like our daily health? This is something we can overlook in our busy lives, especially during the holiday season.
Christmas time can be “the best of times” and/or “the worst of times”. Times surrounded by our family and friends or times spent aware of the loss of family or friends in our lives.
May gratitude grip our hearts and minds this Advent Season. We have much to be grateful for. You and I are CHOSEN! God chose to give up His Son for our salvation, that’s pretty cool. I’m grateful, even when life is not perfect or I face challenges because, it will all be worth it.
The Apostle James put it like this…. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
So, hang in there.
Realize a fresh and new that in whatever you are facing, “this too shall pass”. I’m looking forward to heaven where all wrongs will be righted and there will be no more tears, sickness, or disease. But until then, I will be grateful for His blessings, endure the challenges, and do my best to share this great Christian hope we have with the people around me.
Things not perfect; a bit under the weather? Be grateful, it’s only temporary. Apparently we will be feeling MUCH BETTER for a very very long time.
I’m feeling better already!
Pastor Doug Pittam