We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Jadi Rodriguez.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
Today we’re going to be doing a FAITH + FITNESS Workout. We publish these twice a month and they are designed to help strengthen you body, mind, and spirit.
I know what many of you that I have met are probably thinking, “Praise God, it’s gratitude (not sure if you see what I did there), we will be spared of the doctrinal lecture! Surely, gratitude is not doctrinal, right?”
I am a one-trick pony- Sorry, It’s just who I am. When it comes to the spirituality of all our members, even more so. So sit back and get ready to learn how, in other words, it is impossible to be grateful when our doctrine is out of balance. If you don’t know what “doctrine” means, it’s a belief or set of beliefs.
The opposite of gratitude is complaint, and complaining ultimately casts blame on God for your dissatisfaction with His plan.
When we are not grateful, what we are saying is that we believe we could do a better job. This may be minutia at the gym or at work. Maybe even at home. But when we say that about our lives, we say that we should be God because we could do a better job.
Click here to read the rest of the FAITH + FITNESS Workout.
Heavenly Father, I know there are areas of my life that need to be refined and changed for you. I battle the four enemies of gratitude that Jadi outlined. Help me recognize them and choose to move past them, rather than accepting in sitting in them. Please forgive for the ways I have tried to make myself an idol because I think I would do things better than you would. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Spend time journaling and reflecting on the following questions:
- What was the workout like for you? Did God reveal anything to you while you did it?
- Jadi shared four enemies to gratitude, what did you think of them? Is there one in particular that you struggle the most with?
- In what ways were you challenged by in today’s message?
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