Our Daily Elder Devotional: A Spirit of Thankfulness

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

A Spirit of Thankfulness

 

Philippians 4:12New International Version (NIV)

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

Some years ago I visited a man who was wealthy and successful, the envy of all his friends and business associates.  But as we talked he broke down in tears, confessing that he was miserable inside.  Wealth had not been able to fill the empty place in his heart.

 

A few hours later I visited another man who lived only a few miles away.  His cottage was humble, and he had almost nothing in the way of this world’s possessions.  Yet his face was radiant as he told me about the work he was doing for Christ and how Christ had filled his life with meaning and purpose.

 

I went away convinced that the second man was really the rich man.  Although he had very little, he had learned to be thankful for everything God had given him.  A spirit of thankfulness makes all the difference.

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