Fresh Hope – 4th January 2017

How would you score on a rating scale of 1-10 with how thankful you have been this Christmastime?

Go on…be really honest.

Maybe you’ve felt ungrateful for what you didn’t get rather than what you did, or maybe you didn’t get anything and so you feel justified for being in a new years strop.

Being thankful has very little to do with what you have and don’t have, as its very essence is to do with having a grateful heart in each and every circumstance of life. There will always be something to complain about and many times in this coming year you will feel hard done to, but the key is to maintain a thankful heart, no matter what.

Being miserable and ungrateful not only affects your own well being negatively, but affects everyone around you also, as they pick up that very noticeable vibe coming from you.

The story of the ten lepers in the New Testament is a very well known one. They each got healed by Jesus who then advised them to go and get their condition checked out by the authorities of the day. The story then highlights how only one of the nine came back to Jesus in order to give thanks for his miracle.

Not only did Jesus make mention of the one who returned, He also made another point that is not so easy to see in this familiar passage. It says that all 10 were ‘healed’, but for the one that returned to give thanks it paints a very different picture, in that it says he was ‘made whole’.

This powerful change of words helps us to understand the nature of gratitude in that it brings a wholeness to our lives like nothing else.

How is your attitude of gratitude going to score from now on?

Mine has just gone up to a seven or even an eight.

I’m thankful for you today.

Be thankful…be whole.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Pastor Mark

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