The devotional book Springs in the Valley tells of a man who found a barn where Satan kept his seeds ready to be sown in the human heart.
He found that the seeds of discouragement were more numerous than the others and he learned that those seeds could be made to grow almost anywhere. But when Satan was questioned, he reluctantly admitted that there was one place in which he could never get them to thrive. "And where is that?" asked the man. Satan replied sadly, "In the heart of a grateful person." Perhaps there's a lesson to be learned from this story. Could it be that one of the biggest causes of depression, discouragement, discontent, and despair is ingratitude! It is important to note that many suffer from clinical depression and mental illnesses that are in no way self-caused. Yet, for many others, their situation in life may be linked to not living with an attitude of gratitude. In this season of Thanksgiving, we certainly want to be thankful. But may being thankful lead us to do something as well. Being thankful is different from giving thanks. On this Thanksgiving Day, let’s proactively give thanks as a form of worship to our loving, Heavenly Father! Need Help? We are ready to your questions and concerns with biblical financial stewardship advice, contact us today! Not a BMA Financial Member yet? We invite you to schedule a FREE financial assessment to see how we can help you manage God’s money, God’s way, for God’s glory!
Steve Crawley, PhD BMA Financial Executive Director