Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FROM MOUNTAIN TO MOLE HILL


A newly arrived soul in Heaven was met by St. Peter. St. Peter and the soul took the A-tour around Heaven. They walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. St. Peter stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received." The soul looked at the section, and it was terribly busy with many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

They continued on until they reached the second section. St. Peter told the soul, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." The soul noted again how busy it was. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest corner of the room, the soul stopped at a very small station. To the surprise of the soul, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," St. Peter told the soul.

"How is it that? There's no work here?" 

"So sad," St. Peter sighed. "After people receive the blessings they asked for, very few send acknowledgments."

"How does one acknowledge God's blessings? 

"Simple," St. Peter answered. "Just say, "'Thank you, Lord'."

"What blessings should they acknowledge?"

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep .... you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy. And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."

Also........

"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the millions who will not even survive this week. If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 700 million people in the world. If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ... you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world. If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare. If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you are unique to all those in doubt and despair." [source of story:  email from a friend]

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Give thanks in the midst of trials, not because of them. Honor God by acknowledging Him as the Mountain Mover in your life and give Him thanks that He promised He would never leave you or forsake you. Do this IN ALL your circumstances, then you and God can tackle the mole hill. It all starts with Thanksgiving!