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When I was in college the church I was attending had our Sunday night services at a minimum security prison about 30 miles away from our town. We would load up a guitar, a keyboard, and a little sound system to go have church with inmates. As I look back in time, those were some of the most incredible times in shaping my faith. I believe a lot the guys locked up in this facility experienced a freedom that most people living on the outside didn’t know… but that’s another devotional for another day!

One of the things I remember like it was yesterday was “testimony time.” The guys would stand up and share what God was doing in their lives. Almost every single guy would start off by saying,

“Praise be to God! I want to thank God for waking me up this morning!”

I remember thinking… well, my alarm clock woke me up this morning, and I felt more like it was from the devil! But time after time, week after week, they would stand and thank God for waking them up that morning. Then one day it finally hit me. When you find yourself in a place where most everything has been taken from you, you can either choose to be bitter. You can focus on all the things that are wrong. You can focus on all the things you don’t have. OR… you can be grateful for the things you DO have.

Pastor Josh spoke Sunday on the LIVING Hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 1:3-5). It’s this Living Hope that reminds us of the Truth. It’s this Living Hope that reminds us to put things in perspective, good and bad. It’s this Living Hope that reminds us that while we can experience many blessings on this side of heaven – our hope actually goes beyond this life.

Pastor Josh made the following statement on Sunday, “The moment I begin to take my greatest blessings for granted, my problems become the lens by which I view the rest of my life.” And that is SO true!

My encouragement for you this week, place your hope in the Living Hope. Maybe that starts off by saying, “Thank you God for waking me up this morning!”



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