As we approach celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States, we intentionally set our minds on having an attitude of thanksgiving. Here in Grand Rapids, MI, that’s been a challenge this week as we have just experienced record snowfall for the month of November, with over two feet falling this week alone. Coupled with battleship-gray skies and no sunshine for almost four days while the snow repeatedly fell, so did the moods of most individuals. The only adults I believe whom were happy were the ones who like the children got to have “snow days.”
“I’m already tired of the cold and snow and it’s only November!” I heard someone…most everyone say. The memories of last year’s record snowfall and freezing ongoing temperatures quickly surfaced–thoughts were taken and dread was being spoken.
Jesus said we were not to be anxious or worry about anything, but have faith/trust in God to provide for us, His children. In Matthew 6:31, Jesus tells them not to take any thought (or not be anxious), saying. There is a connection between what we think and what we speak.
Jesus also said to speak “peace” to your storms and to speak to your situations to be removed. Faith speaks the Word over the situation and says, “Peace, be still!” Flesh complains about the bad situation and says we’re doomed. Both are speak, but one brings life and peace; the other brings sorrow and death.
Our soul (mind, will, emotions, imagination) is a magnifier and whatever we focus on will get bigger. Luke 1:46, “And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord,'”. We have a choice to either magnify the life of Christ that is in us and experience His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control; or we will magnify the situation and it’s ugliness, hardships, sadness, etc.
God’s mercies are new everyday. Today the sun is brightly shining and outside is a beautiful picture of a winter wonderland. It’s very beautiful. Yet, instead of enjoying the moment and the day, you can focus on what the weather report is for tomorrow: warmer temperatures producing rain/freezing rain!
What will your soul magnify today? You get to choose.