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Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions. This morning in church, I heard a fascinating story about her while she was imprisoned in the German concentration camp of Ravensbrück.

She and her sister had managed only to keep one single possession, their precious Bible, and they were terrified of having it taken away from them by the cruel guards. One night, Corrie’s sister reminded her of the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that goes, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  “That means,” she said, “That we should even give thanks for the fleas!”

The prisoners were tormented by fleas day and night, so it seemed ridiculous to give thanks for the fleas, but Corrie and her sister obediently gave thanks for, among other things, the fleas.

They later found out that the guards avoided entering their barracks only because of… wait for it… the FLEAS! So their Bible was safe – protected, as it were, by the fleas.

When we follow God’s directions, our lives get easier. He does things for a reason – because He loves us. Corrie wrote in her book, The Hiding Place: “This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see. Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

It has been proven that people are far happier, healthier, and more successful when they are grateful for what they have. Cultivate and attitude of gratitude – you won’t run out of things to be grateful for, and this change of focus affects one’s whole perspective of life. Instead of whining about what we want and don’t have, let’s be thankful for what we do have.

Robin Elliott   LeverageAdvantage.com

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