Grateful Angler

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

January 26, 2024

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Grateful Angler

Read

Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,”

Colossians 2:7 “rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Think

In the German Grimm’s Fairy tale, “The Fisherman and His Wife,” a poor fisherman catches an enchanted fish and releases it at his wife’s insistence. However, her insatiable desires lead the fisherman back to the magical fish, requesting increasingly grand wishes—from a cottage to a castle and eventually aspiring to become God. Yet, when the final wish is granted, everything crumbles, returning them to their original humble abode.

Gratitude, a powerful shift in mindset, lies at the heart of the Christian life. It involves humbly acknowledging the daily blessings, big and small and is intricately tied to faith and personal growth. The Bible consistently encourages us to express thanksgiving in all circumstances, emphasizing the profound connection between gratitude and recognizing God’s enduring love and mercy.

Gratitude isn’t just about counting our blessings; it’s about recognizing them as gifts from God. It’s about seeing His hand in every aspect of our lives, whether it’s a stunning sunrise, a job promotion, or navigating a tough life challenge. This perspective shift through gratitude transforms the lens through which we view our circumstances. Despite broken dreams, relationships, or unfulfilled longings, thanksgiving changes our perspective, as illustrated in the Psalms (42, 57, 62), particularly by David. In moments of lament, David often transitions to praising and thanking God, experiencing a shift from despair to rejoicing. The secret lies in the profound impact of gratitude on one’s perspective—problems diminish as our view of God’s glory expands, allowing us to see His light even in the darkest situations.

Apply

Begin today with a prayer of gratitude, intentionally thanking him for your blessings, challenges, and opportunities. Write down three things you’re thankful for, no matter how small. Over time, this practice enhances your overall outlook.

Pray

Lord, help us to shift our focus from our challenges to your unwavering love and mercy. Open our eyes to see your hand in every circumstance, and may our lips overflow with praise and gratitude. Change our mindset so that we focus on the potential and not the problems, and we see your hand around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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