I was talking to a counselor friend of mine the other day, and he was telling me about a young man from a very well to do family who gotten hooked on heroin. Unfortunately, as is the case with those addicted to this drug, he had lost everything. Family had done everything that they could to help him, so much so that they were drained holistically to the point where they dropped him off at the rehab facility here in my city and said that he was on his on from now on.
Now, at this point he felt all alone and abandoned, and not even those in his group could console him. He felt worthless! Well, over a period of time, and many ups and downs, the counselor had instructed them to start a “thankful”journal. On one particular day the young man was “down in the dumps”and his journal entry for the day was “I am thankful for NOTHING!” reflecting on what he thought was the worst time of his life. But time passed and the gentleman was now at the end of his treatment, he was asked to give comments of inspiration to the group members. He spoke of that particular journal entry stating that God used what he thought was negative to bring him to a point of sobriety. He stated that if God hadn’t taken him to the point of “nothing” he wouldn’t be where he was at that moment. Today he is a prominent member of society, owns several businesses, and is in the constant battle to stay away from “nothing”. Being the person that I am, several scriptures came to mind, but the Lord embedded 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in my spirit: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” There are many times in our lives that we may come across those that feel they have NOTHING to be thankful for, and after hearing this gentleman’s story, I agree! However, may I submit to you that in those times we as the children of the Most High should be most grateful? Why? I’m glad you asked! “And we know that ALL THINGS work together for good to them that love God, to then that are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). So as you reflect on your day and you come across someone who feels they have nothing to be thankful for, use that as an opportunity to share with them how the Lord required NOTHING of us for the shedding of His blood, and the giving of His life for us. Throughout your day when this runs across your mind, send a smile to the Lord in gratitude and whisper: “Lord… Thanks for nothing”
“We’re blessed…Tell somebody!”
Written by: Jason Gordon
Published with: Inner Faith Wealth Builders !Evangelism
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