As I awake this morning, I am struck with the radical idea of taking a firm stand to live a life of constant thankfulness to God and to encourage everyone I possibly can to do the same. This is not a means of denying or ignoring the pain and perplexities of our world and its people. Rather, it is a prophetic posture and act that courageously testifies to the goodness of God square in the face of the hatred, resentment, vengeance, folly, fear, greed, lust, pride, bigotry, self-righteousness and man-made religion swirling within human hearts and breaking out in so many ways to disrupt our relationships and whole cultures. Despite the sometimes overwhelming bad news of our days, God is yet absolutely good and great and He is always doing good things...great things...in our world.
He is transforming the lives of multiplied thousands of men, women and children by the power and presence of Jesus each and every day all over the planet. I have personally experienced and witnessed this power of the Holy Spirit at work again and again through many years. This good news is the hope of our world. Yes...God is good and miracles of forgiveness of sins, heart transformation, reconciliation, love for neighbor, love for enemies, humility, deliverance from evil, practical provision, physical healing, answers to prayer and the like are occurring all about us. One of the greatest things we can personally do to rectify the problems of human existence is to live in a radical counter-intuitive way by not accusing God regarding the realities of evil in our world, but to trust in and celebrate His goodness through a child-like thanksgiving. May our eyes be made wide by the wonder, awe and delight of the greater reality of the Divine.
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