How are you counting?
- Don Weemes
- Jul 2, 2009
- Category: GENERAL CHURCH, Relevance
Hmmmmmm, have you noticed how negative everything is around us? We are (humanity) devolving by nature, we are inundated with negative information from many sources. The Media captures out attention with headlines like, "467,000 jobs cut in June; jobless rate at 9.5%, or DEA joins Michael Jackson death probe, and so on. With all of this information coming our way it is very easy to get a depressed, and overly influenced. Pastor David spoke last weekend on our ability to "Change Reality". If you did'nt have the opportunity to listen to that talk I would recommend it. Anyway, I think that many times you and I get down or depressed or a bad attitude for the simple reason of our focus is on the negative circumstances or information that we choose to think about. There are many people who continually think about how they never get any breaks, the "deck was stacked aginst them", were the wrong ethnicity, or grew up poor so they just will not ever get a fair shake in this life, on and on etc..... blah blah blah.. (you get the picture) I think we should change how we count. You say what? that's right change how we count. If you will take an inventory you will probably find that most of our time is concentrating on what we don't have instead of what we do have. Let's look at what Jesus did (no pun intended), Jesus had just found out that his cousin had been killed, He tried to go somewhere with the disciples and be alone for awhile, when he turned around a multitude had followed him, Jesus then healed their sick and the disciples then thought it was a good idea to send the people back into the village to lodge and get something to eat. Jesus had another idea and His was for the disciples to feed them, they did what you and I probably would have, saying things like Jesus we don't have enough money to feed this multitude, all we have is 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Jesus then took the project over from the negatron disciple, The bible says that Jesus had them sit the multitudes in groups of 50 and then he TOOK WHAT HE HAD and blessed it, then he distributed it to the people. Jesus did not spend his energy thinking about what wasn't there he focused on what he did have. Jesus counted what He had not what He didn't have. How does this apply to you and I? We must look at what we do have a job, a car, a family, a church that tells us the truth. Even if this seems like the worst day or week or month or year ever, you are still alive, still breathing and those factors in themselves tell you that God still has time to turn your life around.