“I declare I am grateful for who God is in my life and for what he has done. I will not take for granted the people, the opportunities and the favor that he has blessed me with. I will thank him for what I have and not complain about what I don’t have. I will see each day as a gift from God. My heart will overflow with praise and gratitude for all of his goodness. This is my declaration.”
– Joel Osteen
I Declare, “Day Five”
We’ve talked about all the goodness we receive in our lives. We need to value all the people, opportunities, and joys of life. Please don’t take a moment for granted.
Joel Osteen encourages us to go beyond. Realize that not only opportunities, but also great love has been bestowed on you by someone. Perhaps a family member, a special friend, or a colleague at work. Take this love given to you and be grateful. If they gave you an opportunity, they are expressing love.
So receive the love, and give it back in gratitude. There’s not a moment to be wasted…
Yet some of us go the other direction when we complain. When we get discouraged. When we don’t think positively. We just filled up our minds, our hearts, our lives and our influence on others with something we should quite frankly throw away. See complaining for what it is —trash.
If you have been given an opportunity, and we all have been given some gift at some point, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday is precious.
Take the trash out. Nullify any complaining. It’s time to Glorify all the good!
If you are favored, and we all are, then your duty is to not take anything for granted. Everyday Precious.
Take the trash out. Glorify all the good.
Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church. Born in Houston, Texas, Osteen is one of five children of John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church where Osteen is the current senior pastor. For many years, John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. But, in early 1999 Joel felt compelled to accept his father’s invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year. Osteen married Victoria in 1987, two years after Osteen met her when he stopped by the jewelry store her father owned. Their two young children, Alexandra and Jonathan, also take an active role in Sunday services.
In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies. Osteen’s popularity led to him being featured as one of ABC News’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006”, and was named “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by The Church Report.