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#30 – Tuesday – April 4, 2017

#30 – Tuesday – April 4, 2017
“(Speak) to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20
Brother Lawrence was a low-ranking monk who spent most of his time washing the monastery’s pots and pans and repairing the sandals of other monks. He could have been a miserable man if he allowed his mind to dwell on the drudgery of his work, but he chose another attitude. He made a conscious decision to see every act of service, every act of engagement with others, and the physical world around him as moments inhabited by God’s Presence. He determined to let gratitude and worship flow from him constantly. As a result he was so filled with and surrounded by the Presence that people went out of their way to seek his wisdom and enjoy his company.
One of the most important keys to Brother Lawrence’s experience of God’s Presence was gratitude. He learned to give thanks even for the pots that needed scrubbing. He began to see all of life as a gift and to interact with God as the Giver. God rushed to meet him in that attitude, and Lawrence became known for his Presence-saturated life.
Always give thanks to God for everything. Don’t fake gratitude for painful circumstances, but at least know that God is with you in them and that everything in life, even the hard stuff, will result in a good outcome. It’s all stacked in your favor. He works everything into good for those who love Him. That’s worth your gratitude. A heart that can see that and respond with thanks is a heart that God rushes to fill. And that turns every chore, every relationship, every moment into an encounter with Him.
Father, thank you for everything You are doing in my life. Thank You for all Your gifts, including life itself. Help me develop a heart of deep and lasting gratitude in all situations.

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