Be Thankful! By Rev. Mario Price
- Created on December 8th, 2005
Guest Author Rev. Mario Price reminds us of what being "thankful" is really all about! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!
Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac; Gangsta whitewalls, TV antennas in the back. You may not have a car at all, But remember brothers and sisters, You can still stand tall. Just be thankful for what you’ve got. Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac, Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin the scene With a gangsta lean.
In 1974 when government employee William DeVaughn took one Friday off from his job and scrounged up $900 for a recording session at a Philadelphia studio to live his dream of actually recording a record, I am sure that he had no idea that he would create a song that would sell 2 MILLION copies. His first record went double platinum. Though he never achieved the same level of success from his subsequent recording, he certainly had plenty to be thankful for. He had the right attitude, "even if I never make another record, I can at least know that I have been blessed in being able to produce this one."
But that’s not how we do things. More often, rather than display gratitude, we grumble. Rather than remember everything that we have been blessed with, we complain about the things that we lack. Often, we are like the children of Israel who God freed from slavery, protected from the plagues, rescued by parting the Red Sea and saved by destroying Pharaoh’s army. Just a month and a half later , their reply to God was, "If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! In Egypt we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into the desert to starve this entire assembly to death." (Exo. 16:3). They were worse than teenagers. Whenever we are ungrateful, and complain about what we do not have:
- We are short–sighted. We forget what God has already done for us.
- We are selfish. "I was cheated, I deserve more respect, more support, more attention, me, me, me." Me, myself and I deserve a swift kick in the rear.
- We are faithless. We don’t really believe that God will take care of us.
- We have a small view of God. We believe that He must not know my needs or He can’t meet my needs.
1 Thes. 5:16–18 tells us, "16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." Stop complaining, turn your grumpiness into gratitude,and just be thankful not only for what you have, but also for what you do not have. We don’t have widespread hunger, we don’t have a massive AIDS epidemic, we don’t have bombs going off every day, we have way to much to put in this list. But during this period for giving thanks, take inventory of everything that you have to be thankful for, and if you get stuck just watch the evening news and thank God that that’s not happening to you.
It’s finally here!!! I will be preaching this Sunday, November 20th at 11 am at the Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church at 1154 E. 92nd Street, Los Angeles, CA. If you are in the area, stop by. Also, if you can remember me in prayer, I would appreciate it. As always, I am still accepting all your prayer requests.
With His Love,
M. T. Price
Matthew’s Dad Ministries
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