"Be thankful for what you have." -- Most of us have heard this familiar phrase from a well-meaning friend at some point. The problem with this advice is that it turns our attention inward, toward our possessions.
The world wants us to focus on what we have or don't have, but self-focus is thankless by nature. Studies show that acquiring more things and greater material wealth doesn't make us more content. In fact, the more we have, the more we want. As Christians, this kind of consumerism warps our view of God into our own personal Santa.
The Bible reminds us repeatedly to give thanks and rejoice - why? Because God is good. When Christ is the source of our joy and contentment, we can live our lives for others. Our joy increases, and worry, fear, and doubt decrease.
Remember, there are two kinds of fire in the world: One that burns and consumes and one that burns and empowers. May God's word and God's love burn brightly in you, giving you the strength to face any fire. Until next time, little embers!
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