Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.
Lord, put the droughts to work for you, and work them for the good of those who love you. In Jesus name, amen.
Romans 8: 18-23 describes one of life's greatest mysteries. Drought's, floods, storms, and all extremes of nature, are described as the "groans of creation". I think creation is sensing the return of the Creator. How about you? Is there an unexplainable hunger and thirst for more of something or someone that is not quenched by anything or anyone? It could be explained as an inward groan for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory. As Bob Dylan, put a question to us two decades ago, "Are you Ready?"
We are to live in "praise of his glorious grace" (Eph. 1:14). His grace has made us gracious. His glory is making us glorious. The opposite helps me understand it. We are not to live in praise of our diligence, education, strong will, work ethic, intelligence, etc. The end result of thanking yourself if the greatest act of self centeredness which is ungratefulness.
It is fairly easy to be active in social justice issues. I am thankful to be able to drink coffee and address human trafficking in India, "one cup at at a time". If interested in easy, go to www.EurasiaCafe.org look for the Freedom Blend to get all the details. I have a case of coffee in my living room that is a sweet smell of making a difference in the world of human trafficking (Freedom Blend) and overcoming drug addiction (Hope Blend).
What is harder, running six miles in 60 minutes or doing yoga for 60 minutes? It all depends on the person. When I said thank you to my yoga instructor after a 60 minute class she seemed surprised. As I left, I again looked her in the eye and thanked her. I told her I could run all day, but her class completely exhausted me. She had a hard time believing it.
Being thankful is a spiritual discipline and what seems so easy for one person, may be extremely difficult for another. Being thankful may be hard for you, and even intimidating to do. I was blessed to have a mother, who made it one of our families core values and after years of saying thank you, it is fairly easy to be thankful. If you are new to the discipline of being thankful, don't compare yourself to someone who has spent a lifetime of being thankful. Just start somewhere, and practice on someone every day. Being new to yoga and the only male in the yoga class is fairly intimidating, and if I just keep practicing, one day, I will be fairly decent at it. For now, I just do what I can do, and be encouraged to start somewhere in the journey of being a thankful person.
What event hasn't even happened yet, that you really want to happen? Try giving thanks for it, as if it really has happened, and see how it affects you. (It also affects the event itself.)
Being thankful by faith before an event takes places is a spiritual discipline. It doesn't take any faith or spiritual life to be thankful after an event. To live by faith, not by sight means there will be many events that are to be thankful for before they take place.
The NT book of James 3 describes words as a way to steer the direction of one's life. The daily discipline of words that come out of your mouth to be thankful will prove very rewarding. It could be argued that wherever you are in your stage of life and life's circumstances whether positive or negative can be traced to words. Our words have steered us to this position in life. So, let us steer ourselves out of the current negative issues of life, by using words of thankfulness to God, others and the life God has given us.
Practice session. Mentally then verbally form phrases of thankfulness to God. Then, move to thankful phrases to another person. Finally, use phrases of thanks for the life God has given you.