by Pastor Tim Burt
I've experienced something lately that I don't ever remember experiencing to this degree. It's unthankfulness, ungratefulness, and a spirit of entitlement. I'm not going to write specifically about these attitudes now, but I have to say that they're deadly, destructive, and dangerous. Tim, your saying these attitudes are that bad? The answer is yes! Probably worse than I could find words for. And these attitudes blind your heart from the depth of God's love and seeing all He has done and is doing in your life. They blind you and turn you to looking at what you don't have instead of what you do. These attitudes are like the train to a miserable life that also fuel detrimental side-effects impacting all society. These attitudes wear down the most giving and selfless people who live to serve others and make other's lives better. Selfless people are the salt of the earth. Life on earth would be miserable without them! And these horrific attitudes (which on the surface seem so insignificant), wear good people down! And why am I bringing them up here? Because these horrible attitudes start with neglect—neglecting God.
Do you want to know what the polar opposite of neglect is? It's appreciation, thankfulness, and concerning God, worship. It's these three heart attitudes toward God and then toward others, (excluding the worship of man), that help keep you from neglect and help you learn to live as Jesus said, "A servant to all..."
What does neglect look like? Like the picture I painted of the beautiful garden—something beautiful, neglected, taken over by weeds, and almost dying. That’s what neglect does. Our relationship with Jesus could be a beautiful and wonderful relationship but neglect can make it feel dead. Significant relationships can suffer. Your life can start to look like an overgrown weed patch where the beauty is overtaken by the weeds. Neglect comes from the family of lazy, procrastination, and indifference and will lead you to attitudes of unthankfulness, ungratefulness, and a spirit of entitlement.
So what's the solution? Ask God to show you and make you aware of what you've neglecting beginning with Him. Meditate on it and as God shows you, let thankfulness, gratefulness, and appreciation grow in your heart. Let them bubble up and manifest as actions and doings in your life. Express that thanks! Show that thanks! Let gratefulness bubble up and spill from you continuously. The grace of God will lead you to action and dismantle neglect. That in turn will result in a new level of joy and thanksgiving to your life that is almost indescribable and will touch others around you! You'll become that salt of the earth. You'll begin to look like that beautiful garden!
Matthew 23:23 (NLT) “... do not neglect the more important things."
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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