For the past few months, my family and I have been getting our current house ready to sell. It has not been an easy journey for me. The thought of selling my home has brought me to tears. It has also revealed to me that I have placed my comfort in things.
As I have had to move everything that makes my house a home to storage, I have lamented the transition of my home to just a house. I look at this house now as belonging to someone else. All my comforts of home are gone. I cried for two days. I mourned the loss of what was once my home and all the fond memories.
Another aspect of this process is staging our current house which is a daunting challenge. The realtor and staging agents have come through telling us what must go and made suggestions of painting. I have not always agreed with some of their choices. Sadly, I made it quite obvious that I didn’t. You might say that I acted like a spoiled child.
However, I have gained some insight into myself and where I should find my true comfort. I was wrong to seek contentment in what I possessed. In God, alone, is where I can find everlasting and true satisfaction because all that I have is not lasting and they are gifts from Him. There is a really good passage on comfort in 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. The Apostle Paul spoke of being content in whatever circumstances, Philippians 4:11-12.
To sum things up, I chock this up to another lesson in learning to be comfortable with the uncomfortable in my life. Glory be to God for showing me where my heart again needed to change. Ask yourself, where do you seek to find contentment and satisfaction?
Let us look at Psalm 50:14-15, 23 “Offer to God a sacrifice ofthanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God (ESV)!”
What does it mean to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving?
I believe this is when I offer God thanksgiving when my world seems to be caving in. My sacrifice of thanksgiving brings Him glory and He hears my prayers and delivers me from my trouble. To the one who orders his/her way rightly God will show His salvation. I understand this to be that He will provide a way out and carry me through it all. Inallsituations I am to give thanks, not for all situations. Something that I have often given thanks for are accidents that could have happened but didn’t while driving here and there. I give Him thanks for life itself. Hence, an attitude of gratitude changes one’s outlook on life. I am thankful for new friends and the changes God is making in my life.
However, I know this is easier said than done but it is most rewarding and what I am called to do.
When have you had the opportunity to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving?
In my next post, I will focus on Colossians 3:5-17; Putting off the Old Self and Putting on the New Self.
My disclaimer: I know that every believer’s relationship to God is different and unique. You may not have the same experiences and that is okay. I am sharing because I want to bring Him the glory for what He is doing in me.