Having a thankful attitude helps us to enjoy over everyday life in-spite of our difficulties. We can decide each morning to have a good attitude throughout the day. A good attitude makes the best out of anything in life. It is not easy to have a good attitude always but the more we need God, the more we experience His power in our lives. Being a positive person will always make us happy. The most common question asked is how to be thankful when things are not going well. We can be thankful if we believe “all things together work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). We need to know that God has a good plan for us, “for surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm” (Jeremiah 29:11).
In today’s world, suffering, pain, sickness, accidents, death has increased tremendously. During this time people run all over the world to get peace, healing and consolation, but they do not find it… This is because, “the world and its desires are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever” – 1 John 2:17. The world can offer you the best of all material things that you want, but it cannot give you peace and happiness of mind. That is why the word of God tells us, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world” – 1 John 2:15
We all are born in the world, live in the world and die in the world, while living here on earth, we live as though we will live here forever. But the truth is, this world is only an illusion, a maya and will disappear from our life, when our end draws near. And that is why the word of God reminds us saying “Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world – the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches – comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever” (1 Jn 2:15-17)
Everyone here on earth has the joy of receiving from others. But when it comes to give, our hands are short. We expect others to share their wealth and good things with us. But when we are asked to share, we think twice, isn’t it? We want God to bless us but after receiving, we forget God until another need arises. But dear brothers and sisters, in giving, we truly receive. St. Paul says “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). It is true that God truly loves a cheerful giver. That is why we read in the book of Malachi “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an over flowing blessing” (Malachi. 3:10). Two weeks ago, a brother named Basil Fernandes, shared his testimony. In the year 2007, when he attended my 5 days retreat, he realized that he should give his 1/10th tithe, without fail. He had only 2 branches, with hardly 10 people to work, he was staying in a rented house, he had to travel by public transport, he was into deep debts. But after 5 years, he is blessed with 160 branches, with more than 400 staff, he has his own 3 bedroom private apartment, brand new car, and he is freed from all his debts. All because he never failed to give what belongs to God. without fail he gives his 1/10th to God’s work and attends retreat every month with his family.
Through you I can see
In you I can do everything.
Holding you I can move forward,
Jesus you are my strength and I will not remain coward.
You taught me what is true and pure love,
In the worst times you thought me how to lean on God,
You are my teacher and you alone are my best friend
Whose teachings are never doubt able and lasts forever.
I will bless you my Jesus,
My Savior and my potter,
When I was shaping evil, you molded me into something unimaginable,
You are my God forever and ever.
- Maria Lobo, Mumbai
Every morning you wake me up,
And give me hope that all the difficulties I can cope up,
You give me a new strength and make me stand up.
And you never let my soul give up.
Jesus is my rock and my salvation,
In him is my trust in times of destruction,
I have a good and never giving up companion
He is my best friend my champion.
Thank you Abba Father for this your love,
Thank you for the gift of your son,
You lighten up my life like a sun,
You restored me, so that I can run the race that you wish me to run
Holy Ghost my strongest hope,
In everything I do I find your help to cope,
Never let me hurt you in my entire life,
And on that day through you my salvation is for sure.
- Maria Lobo, Mumbai
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