Good morning! This is our 5th year in Summer Buddies and it has been fun. Each year we have a different Christian focus where we teach kids to read, write, and to fall in love with our God. This year we have been focusing on prayer. Each week has a different memory verse which reminds our kids about the importance of prayer. During our first week we learned Phil. 4:6-7. The week after that was 1 Thess. 5:16-18. Last week was Jeremiah 33:3 and next week we will be learning Luke 18:1. For today though, I want to focus our attention on 1 Thess. 5:16-18.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
The dispositions of the human heart are varied. A “disposition” is a tendency, a habitual inclination, or frame of mind. When we stop to think about our own heart, our own tendencies concerning how we navigate the ins and outs of life, I think we might recognize some similarities with those around us. I can’t peer into the depths of your heart, but I can see clearly into my own. What I see is not impressive. What I see I am not comfortable with by any means. What I see is a tendency to grumble when life doesn’t go the way I had planned. What I see is a tendency to “expect,” rather than to appreciate.
Robert Hughes wrote, “The Culture of Complaint,” in 1993. In his book he shares his assessment of American culture and the American people’s tendency to perceive themselves as being entitled to having all their desires fulfilled. We take this entitlement to be part of our birthright. We label ourselves as victims when this doesn’t happen. Mr. Hughes says that we live in a culture of complaint. It forms our minds and hearts. Continue reading “God’s People and Gratitude Psalm 106”