I was listening to Matt Chandler’s sermon Just Men last week and I came across this quote, which gave me a good deal of insight in to what robs us of gladness and gratitude. To put it another way, because we’re not content with what we have, we easily lose sight of how good God is. Here’s the quote:
We see economic selfishness all the time. Now, when I’m talking about economic selfishness, I’m not necessarily talking about lack of generosity, in fact, you might be some of the most generous people I’ve ever been around in my life. What I’m talking about on this one–we really need to be kind of ferreted out–is that what we see happen often is an inability to be grateful and glad at where we are. But always wanting more. So, when I’m talking about this kind of economic stronghold I’m talking about– we seem to lack the ability to go “look at how generous God is, look what He’s given to us, how gracious and great is God that He’s given all of this” we seem far more dialed in to what we don’t have than what we do. So this robs us from gladness. This robs us from gratitude. It steals from us the ability to rejoice, despite the fact that God’s been so generous to all of us, to all of us.
-Matt Chandler, Village Church, TX (from the 9:55 to 10:52 mark of the sermon)
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