Wow. What a way to kick off MidWeek! I am so grateful to everyone who came out last night, it was definitely a powerful time and I am so looking forward to what is going to happen on Wednesday nights.
Paul says in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It still blows my mind that Paul wrote this letter from a Roman prison cell. Despite the fact that Paul is in a less than desirable situation, one of the things he seems to be telling us over and over in the book of Philippians is that peace, joy, contentment begins with gratitude, with thanksgiving, with this awareness that life is a gift.
I mean think about it. When Jesus is teaching about the dangers of anxiety and worry he points our attention to the birds of the air and the flowers of the field; to these miracles of God that are around us all the time but we tend to miss. Anxiety, stress, fear, worry, they all draw our attention to what we don’t have, to what hasn’t happened. Gratitude, appreciation, thanksgiving…they draw our attention to what we do have, to how things are, and this results in peace.
We finished the night by reflecting on what we do have, on the miracles of God that are around us all the time, but we tend to miss. We wrote these overlooked miracles on light bulbs and then worshiped God in the light of what He has given us. It was a wonderful time of worship.
Peace, joy, contentment begins with gratitude, with this awareness that life is a gift. That being said, what are you grateful for?
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:14-16