Preston 🐝 Vander Ven en Christianity, mindset, Attitude Promotor • Jacob Sunroom & Exteriors 28/2/2018 · 1 min de lectura · +500

Don’t Worry, Give Thanks

Don’t Worry, Give Thanks

When I was young, I loved to listen to a song called “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. I loved this song, yet the lyrics had always given me a mystery in thought. The question I had was, “How can I not worry, and just be happy?”

Years later, I realized that the message was really, “Don’t Worry, and Give Thanks.”  I don't just mean live life like a Dictator with world power. Sadly, some places have cruel political dictators, yet most people dictators rule harder on our lives and people don’t even realize. These dictators are called circumstances.

We allow these circumstances to control our lives and thus fear and anger come into our heart. Examples of these circumstances may be finances, relationships, illness, politics, parenting, personal health, fashion, church, conflict, travel, or retirement. Think of something that might make you feel powerless.

So what is the answer, you may ask?

In 2 Chronicles 20:10-30, there is a wonderful story I want to share. I begins with King Jesophaphat in Judah. God’s people once again faced difficult times, and were about to be invaded by forces from every direction. As King, the first counsel he took was with the Lord. He prayed. In his prayer, Jehoshaphat “reminded” the Lord of their history: how He had driven out their enemies in the past and given the land to Israel. He mentioned the promises God had made to the people, and their promises to God. Then he ended with a simple statement: “We do not know what to do.” “We look to You”.

At times, we all reach a place where we recognize we’re facing something bigger than ourselves – that we don’t know what to do. It is in these moments, we can say, “God, I can’t fix this, and don’t know how. But I look to you.” No matter what happens, we can be thankful – not because everything will work, but just because we can look to God.

Later in this story, a man named Jahaziel speaking from the Holy spirit told them not to be afraid, “for the battle is not yours, but God’s”. We are not able to solve every problem, but we can learn these things from Jahaziel’s words that day:

  • Put away fear and discouragement (verse 15)
  • Position yourselves and stand still (verse 17)
  • Watch God at work

On the morning of the battle, the prayers of the people turned to praise and thanksgiving. Because they began offering thanksgiving to God in song before the battle even began with a choir at the front of the line of the army it had a two-pronged effect. The soldiers under Jehoshaphat heard the praise to God going before them to remind them the battle belonged to God. Second, the enemy heard praise to the One who stood with Judah. The enemies were defeated.

I wanted to end with the title “Don’t Worry, Have Faith”. Yet, to have that faith, we first need to give thanks. Giving thanks is a conscious decision. Yet, you can take an action of faith with no thoughts in your head.



Martin Wright 4/3/2018 · #8

That song is unique because not one instrument was played, all the instruments are one voice impersonating a band.

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#6 The book of Jeremiah is a great book to read. I agree that we work, and like most people I am usually watching myself. The prophet Jeremiah is a great example of this. Though we fail God, He is patient with us, working in us to bring about the best for our lives. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11
I am always looking at a destination, yet I sometimes forget I'm walking using "God's GPS". It may be so I can witness to someone, or have a experience to share to someone in the future. I do know while I am working, God is always working, because he is in my heart.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6

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Lyon Brave 6/3/2018 · #6

I don't watch god at work.

I watch myself at work.

This does not mean I am not thankful for opportunity, but much of the opportunities I have, even if small, i created. I fought for. I created them, not god honestly. I worked towards what I have. I have faith in myself. My power is in knowing this. That i am responsible for my life and not a higher power.

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@Debasish Majumder thanks for your support.

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Debasish Majumder 3/3/2018 · #4

nice buzz @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

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Jerry Fletcher 1/3/2018 · #1

Preston, Thank you for this act of faith.

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