I added A Thankful Heart in a World of Hurt by Joni Eareckson Tada to my TBR Pile Challenge list not knowing it is a little pamphlet and not a full-length book. I suppose that really doesn’t matter. I got a lot out of it! Contemplating (and yes, practicing!) gratitude is something I need almost constant reminders to do, unfortunately. Maybe one day it will “take.”
Many things in this little booklet spoke to me. Here’s one excerpt:
When it comes to finding the grace to be grateful, we don’t have to plead for it, beg for it, or do penance to be worthy of it. No. God’s grace–his love in action–is not a favor for which we must implore; it is a gift we are invited to enjoy. All he asks is that we humble ourselves (James 4:6) and make Jesus Christ the focus, rather than our problems.
God wants us to have a thankful heart in a world of hurt. We don’t need to ask God to make his grace sufficient for us; he has already assured us that whatever the hardship, there is an equal and compensating amount of grace ready and available for the taking. Grace has been given and it only remains for us to receive it. How wide and deep and high and long the promise of that grace really is! It is sufficient.
I think somehow in my childhood that I absorbed the idea that I have to beg God for things instead of just beliving and being. I’m learning to let go. Trust.