Looking Forward to 2010

As 2009 leaves and 2010 comes upon us, it doesn't seem that long ago that everyone was concerned about Y2K and what might happen in the year 2000. Now ten years have passed since Y2K and many things we thought would occur have not occurred. Yet we still see the signs all around indicating that the coming of the Lord is drawing closer.

As we approach 2010 we need to have an attitude of thanks. First of all, an attitude of thanks can open doors for us that would otherwise be closed. Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving..." We see from the psalm that an attitude of thanks can open the door to an audience with the Lord. If we have access to the Lord, we can access anything we need.

An attitude of thanks will also allow us to look at situations with a positive view. When we look at a situation with a positive view we will see possibilities and opportunities that would otherwise be missed. The attitude of thanks is like the old illustration about looking at a half full glass. The negative attitude says it is half empty. The positive says it is half full. The negative is focused on what is not there while the positive is focused on what is there. When an attitude becomes negative, then even what is potentially good can be called bad.

We are told, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I Thes. 5:18). Since it is God's will that we have an attitude of thanks, we should pray and cultivate an attitude of thanks.

The Lord has allowed us to come to 2010 so He has a purpose for us during this new year. Let's enter 2010 with an attitude of thanks to the Lord for allowing us to enter this new year and that He has called us for such a time as this. And let us give thanks for the great things that the Lord is going to do in 2010.