What are you filling into your mind and heart? This is important to consider, because as Galatians 6:7 says, you reap what you sow. If you fill your mind with disappointments, complaints, and anger, it will have an effect—your heart and soul will become soured, discontent, and miserable. On the other hand, if you fill your mind with thoughts of God and His blessings, that too will have an effect—your heart will be filled with joy, contentment and gratitude. That is why the apostle exhorts, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
In Psalm 103, David says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.” Then he goes on to recount the many blessings the Lord has given him—mercy, forgiveness, salvation, love, compassion… so many good things. As he does this, he is filling his mind with God’s goodness to him so that his heart overflows with joy and thankfulness.
This past Saturday our ladies had a mini-retreat, and Wendy Morante spoke on this important issue. She put together a very helpful chart that highlights the difference between gratitude and ingratitude. Take a moment to consider these truths, and then join me in praying that God would give us hearts that are grateful, so that by His grace we might be filled to overflowing!