“Is the Lord among us or not?”
Our internal perspective effects the way we see God. When we are ungrateful in our hearts, we miss the many blessings in front of us laid out by Him.
In Exodus, the Israelites grumble many times believing they are going to die despite being rescued from 400 years of slavery in Egypt.
How often do we find our internal monologues drifitng to: “why is this happening to me?” Or “why is my life is so hard?” Or more dramatic: “I hate my life.”
Our fleshy hearts make us think more about what the world can do for us rather than what we can do for the world.
Selflessness and trust in God are truly freeing sources in this life. When we adopt an attitude of daily gratitude for what we do have, especially when many in this world have so little, we grow contentment.
When we are content we look at ourselves a little less and turn towards others more. When we turn towards others God can use us in the ways we are called.