Gratitude…Not Just a Feeling

Two thousand years ago, the Apostle Paul predicted a global problem of ungratefulness… being selfish and being lovers of ourselves.

II Timothy, chapter 3, verse 1 and 2a says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves…”

Have you noticed when you concentrate on what you don’t have, what you DO have is never enough? When you live to consume or live for yourself, you are never happy or satisfied.

Selfish people really don’t win in the long run. We must give of ourselves and extend beyond our personal interests. We must be givers, not takers; contributors, not consumers.

It’s found in the Bible and it’s one of those laws of the universe where sharing, caring and giving trumps self centered narcissism and selfishness every time. Be that person who invests in others, not the one who always looks out for “number one.”

We must live with an attitude of gratitude. It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks.

Seeds of discontentment don’t grow in a grateful heart. Gratitude is not a feeling, it’s a muscle and it needs a workout everyday.

This week I have been overwhelmed with thankfulness and gratitude for all that God did at Easter. It was an amazing weekend at all of our campuses but I know that things would not have happened without hard work and commitment.

I am so grateful to each of our staff for going over and above, working hard and giving of themselves to reach people. That’s why we do it! We have an amazing team in place, God has sent us guys who love Jesus and love ministry. I thank God for our staff!

But I am also grateful for our amazing volunteers! You guys are the best! You worked all week at your jobs, took care of your families and then showed up at church to serve in 7 services across 3 campuses. THANK YOU to each of you for all that you did! God blessed your labor and we saw many people experience new life this weekend because of you!

Hats off to a great staff and amazing volunteers! I am truly grateful and I love you all

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