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Once a week, we at CDYFC meet and have a devotion together and pray as a team. Lately we have been going through this incredibly thought changing study on controlling our minds. As I think about Thanksgiving right around the corner, I think about how I often have to reprogram my thoughts to be thankful.  I have so much in my life to be thankful for even on the worst days.  I am reminded often of Paul, while in prison he wrote to the Philippians a letter with joy as the main theme.  In Philipians 4:11-12 Paul speaks of not being in need, but that he has learned to be content in all things.

In the video series we are going through as a staff, Pastor Craig Groeschel shows a large painting of a tempestuous sky. On one corner there is a bright sunny spot that quickly fades to gray into darkened black clouds on the opposite corner.  Pastor Craig then takes a small picture frame and puts it up against the stormy painting and said something to this point, “If this is your day what are you choosing to focus on?  What are you framing? Are you choosing to focus on the darkest part of the painting or the sunny part?”  In this sinful world we all have things we are struggling with and things we can be grateful for. Paul a prisoner for Christ chose to frame out joy.  This Thanksgiving as your family gathers, what are you choosing to frame and to focus on?

-Ricky Gerlach

Craig Groeschel Mastermind video series: