Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
There are a lot of Christians in the world today who truly have it BAD… I mean prison, lose your job, take your kids, cut off your head, burn down your house bad. Chances are, if you are reading this, you’ve got it pretty good compared to those who are truly suffering.
How often do you thank God that you don’t have to worry about severe persecution? Beyond that, how often are you truly and thoughtfully thankful to the Lord for food, water, clothes and a bed out of the rain? Or are we all just too consumed with how we should make MORE money, have MORE stuff, a BIGGER house, MORE free time, MORE entertainment, more, bigger, newer, faster, better.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m not against “stuff”. Every blessing we have is a gift from God to be enjoyed and used for His glory (James 1:5). Far too often, we forget that all we really need in life to be happy is peace (salvation), food, clothes, water, family, friends, love and a dry place to sleep.
Think It Over: When was the last time you were simply thankful for those basic needs being met… and that’s it. Content and thankful. A long time? Ever? Take five seconds right now and pray “Thank you Lord… I’m not hungry, thirsty, naked or homeless. And I don’t have to worry about Hell. That’s enough. Thank you.” Now go find someone who doesn’t have those things and meet some real needs.