Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Burning the Mist

The old saying of the newspaper business said, “If it bleeds, it leads.”  Unfortunately, that saying is still true and we can become overwhelmed with the overload of negative news in today’s world.  Right now, the news seems to be especially depressing with the coronavirus, George Floyd’s death and the economic recession.  With no shortage of negative stuff bombarding me 24/7, I find it easy to get down in the dumps.  I call it an affliction of “stinking thinking.”

However, I find it helpful to remember that bad news is only half the story (and usually much less than half).  After all, the greatest problem and debt we could ever have has already been taken care of for us by Jesus.

In his devotion of Attitude of Gratitude, Max Lucado says:

“Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart. To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up.”

Dear Lord, you bless us in more ways than we can ever count. Thank you for your love for us.  Amen.

Ephesians 5:20 – Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Brad Gauen