Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 3, 2010

Grumbly hateful or humbly grateful?

Adrian Rogers writes:

James 1:2 – “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.”

Sometimes we have to admit that it’s hard to “count it all joy.” Sometimes we complain. Rather than being humbly grateful, we get grumbly hateful. Oh, how I wish that, beginning today, we would emulate the faith of the saints that have gone before us — saints like Fannie Crosby, the great hymn writer. For most of her life Fannie Crosby was blind, and yet at the tender age of eight, Fannie wrote:

“Oh! What a happy soul am I. Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy that other people don’t.
To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t.”

And do you know what? She didn’t. Rather than being grumbly hateful, we should be humbly grateful.


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