Tag: Give Thanks

Lentils & Flattery

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The philosopher Aristippus lived a comfortable life by flattering the Greek tyrant Dionysius. He looked down on his less prosperous fellow philosophers. One of them was Diogenes. A story is told that one day Aristippus saw Diogenes washing some lentils. Scornfully, he said to him, “If you would only learn how to flatter Dionysius, you wouldn’t have to wash lentils.” Diogenes replied, “And if you had only learned to live on lentils, you would not have to flatter tyrants.” In Philippians 4:11, Paul says, “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.” If you are to live a life of righteousness, godliness, and greatness, you have to wean yourself from the world, from vested interests, and dependencies. The more content you become with the things of God, the freer you’ll be from the world. Thus, the freer you are from the world, the more you will be able to live a life that is holy, godly, and blessed. Be like Paul— content in all things— and you’ll be free to live a life of greatness.

Today’s Mission – Today, choose to be content in all things and to give thanks in every situation. Free yourself from the world.

by Jonathan Cahn

Give thanks!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Roger Babson, a famous statistician was having lunch with the President of Argentina, “Mr. Babson,” the President said, “I have been wondering why it is that South America, with all its natural advantages, mines of iron, copper, coal and silver, rivers and great waterfalls is so far behind North America?” Babson replied, “Well, Mr. President, what do you think is the reason?” He answered, “..South America was founded by the Spanish who came in search of gold. North America was founded by the Pilgrims who went there in search of God.”

If we live a life of seeking gold — the blessings of God but not God Himself — we end up losing both. The Pilgrims, who gave us the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, came in search of God. It is because of this that America has reaped blessing upon blessing. We need to examine ourselves and be careful that we are seeking God in all things, putting Him first and giving thanks to Him always. Seek first the kingdom of God and He will surely provide from His riches in glory.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten