Sep 3rd, 2021
The Extra Mile: Gratitude Over Complaining
By: Nathan Head
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1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

As Jon shared on Sunday, 1998 was a special season for a special pitcher named Orel Hershiser. He was not a big fella, but his big heart earned him the nickname The Bulldog. Among his highlights that season was a complete game shutout along with five other complete games. At one point, he didn’t allow a single run in 59 innings! His success continued into the postseason as he helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series. He was awarded the Cy Young award, as well as being named a playoff and World Series MVP.

At one point in the postseason, he gained attention for singing to himself in the dugout between innings. The announcers took notice, and later during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, he was asked to sing for the audience. The audience roared with laughter and excitement at the spontaneous request from Carson. A reluctant Hershiser softly sang these words on national television, which he had only previously whispered to himself in the dugout. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above all heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”

Gratitude in action stands out. Paul’s challenge yesterday from Philippians and today from 1 Thessalonians gives us another reminder that God’s perfect will for us is to give thanks continually. We’ll likely never have the spotlight on our lives like the one on Orel’s, but we can all give thanks at all times. Join me in choosing gratitude over complaining to the best of our abilities. If you are like me, you’ll need to conjure up a little “bulldog” in order to stick with it.

Sing the Doxology from the story above. If this is new for you, here’s a link.

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