I was starting to have one of those mornings. The mornings I have had on and off for years. I did dog rescue work for about 20 years or so followed by in recent years being on the road full-time for the Lord and ministry with a little crew of handicapped streets ministry dogs. Now I am down to my final four special needs dogs. I have been worn out beyond measure. Taking care of special needs dogs day in and day out for years without a single day off coupled with being on the road not to mention being blessed with an ever-growing ministry is quite the challenge to say the least!
That morning, I was getting irritable, starting to complain, and feeling sorry for myself as one issue after another began to present itself. The Holy Spirit lovingly albeit firmly showed me my sinful heart and attitude, led me to repentance, and then pointed out to me my four BLESSINGS! The BLESSINGS I had overlooked because I was so caught up in self!
Four senior and disabled, beautiful, precious, loving, special, beloved, and sweet dogs with extreme needs. Three hit by vehicles before they came into my life two of which are paralyzed and almost died again due to medical challenges several years after being hit. The fourth extremely old with her own age-related challenges. All alive, happy, and enjoying life on the road by God’s grace alone. All being used continually for years by the Lord to introduce me to people on the streets, in parking lots, at hotels, on the beach, in vets’ offices, via photos online, etc. so I can talk to them about Him, hand out my Gospel tracts, pray for them, and minister to them when and as He leads.
My beloved streets ministry dogs! All being used by the Lord along with my other rescued dogs over the years to refine me, grow me in His image, and teach me to be loving, kind, patient, thankful, giving, merciful, forgiving, joyful, sensitive, compassionate, and tenderhearted, to make sacrifices, to not lose my temper, to humble myself, etc. Four BLESSINGS in so very many ways! My four beloved BLESSINGS!
What I needed that day and every other day for that matter which the Lord so graciously and mercifully gave me was a change in my perspective! I needed to not be self-pitying and miserable but to get rid of my sin, receive His forgiveness, and be thankful for my four beautiful BLESSINGS not to mention all the other countless BLESSINGS He bestows upon me day by day beginning with Himself and a forever relationship with Him!
Do you have something or someone in your life about which you are upset, angry, hurt, bitter, resentful, complaining, negative, self-pitying, etc.? Do you need to repent and have an attitude pleasing to the Lord? Do you need a change in perspective? Do you need to see the BLESSEDNESS of whatever or whomever it is? Or the BLESSING in the situation perhaps simply that the Lord is using it or the person to draw you closer to Himself, to transform you as He grows you in His image, etc.?
Be encouraged, friend! Look to the Lord, to His Word, repent if needed, and be thankful to the Lord most importantly for Him as well as for whatever BLESSINGS He shows you that you have been overlooking.
Father, forgive us for being self-consumed. Help us to deny ourselves and to look to you and to be thankful! Thank you for so patiently and lovingly forgiving me time and time again as you perfect your ways in me. Perfect your ways in us all, oh Lord, and please be merciful along the way! Thank you, thank you, thank you for my 4 BLESSINGS, thank you for all my BLESSINGS, and thank you, Father, for all our BLESSINGS you so generously pour out upon us all, AMEN!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Hebrews 13:6
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked.” Phil. 2:14-16