Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person? I like to think that I see the glass half full, but am I really? Especially in 2020?
I once worked with a man whose greatest strength was his ability to always look for the best in every situation. It was one of the characteristics that made him easy to follow, but often his strength turned into weakness as he avoided seeing the challenges we faced as an organization. He’s still a friend, but that venture ultimately failed.
The Apostle Paul did not have the same trouble, but it is important to note the Paul recognized that the church in Corinth had many great gifts. As Paul begins his letter, he first gave thanks for the gifts God gave the church in speech and knowledge and spiritual gifts. The Corinthian church had many positives, but those same strengths became weaknesses that led to a lack of unity in the church.
“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:4-7).
When was the last time any of us gave thanks for God’s work in our lives? Let’s take this moment to consider the specific gifts that God has given you in your life and give Him thanks.