Happy Friday, Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Zoom Youth Group meeting last Wednesday. It was refreshing to spend time with all of you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we hope you can swing by next Wednesday at 6pm!

What are you grateful for?

Personally, I’m grateful for the beautiful weather we’ve had this week. The sun has been out for a few days, and for me it’s been invigorating. I’m also grateful for our online Youth Group meetings. It’s refreshing to see all of your faces and to chat with you.

There’s a lot that I am grateful for, but I will refrain from listing everything, since that would probably get boring for you pretty quickly. Instead I’ll say a word or two on gratitude.

So much of the way we view the world is influenced by the narratives we create for ourselves. Little choices, like using negatively tinged vocabulary and complaining about things that are frustrating, can ultimately have a really big impact on our perspective. My default setting tends to be pretty pessimistic. I can be cynical, and I often find that the words I choose to use and the things I choose to focus on only make that frame of mind harder to get out of.

In fewer words, negative words lead to negative thoughts, and positive words lead to positive thoughts.

I know this sounds like an overused platitude from some internet “life coach,” but the reality is that words are powerful tools. Tools that can be used for self betterment, or to your own detriment.

One of the easiest ways, for me at least, to remain positive is to focus on everything that I’m grateful for. When I go to the Lord in prayer, I like to begin by thanking Him, and listing the people and things that I’m grateful for.

Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

On this Good Friday, take a moment and reflect on the sacrifice Christ made for us.

God wants us to pray with a spirit of thanksgiving. We give thanks not just because we want to express our gratitude to God, although that is certainly part of it, but because it helps us to focus on what we’ve been given. When we choose to meditate on the good that the Lord has done for us, it gradually becomes easier to see the world through a much more positive lens.

Tell me what you’re grateful for in the comments!

If anyone has any prayer requests or anything weighing on them, I’m here and always happy to lend a hand.

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Marshall Lauck


  • Connie Brenner

    I’m thankful for the thought and energy that go into having a virtual youth group meeting on Wednesdays! It sounds like lots of fun, and gives the kids an opportunity to keep in touch through this time of “social distancing”. Makes the distances seem not nearly so far! Thank you, Marshall, Carolyn, Karen, Trent and Dude!

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