John Wesley was about 21 years of age when he went to Oxford University. He came from a Christian home & he was gifted with a keen mind & good looks. In those days, he was a bit snobbish & sarcastic.
One night, however, something happened that set in motion a change in Wesley’s heart.
While speaking with a porter, he discovered that the poor fellow had only one coat & lived in such impoverished conditions that he didn’t even have a bed. Yet, he was an unusually happy person, filled with gratitude to God.
Wesley, being immature, thoughtlessly joked about the man’s misfortunes. “And what else do you thank God for?” he said with a touch of sarcasm.
The porter smiled & in the spirit of meekness replied with joy, “I thank Him that He has given me a life & a heart to love Him & above all, a constant desire to serve Him!”
Deeply moved, Wesley recognized that this man knew the meaning of true thankfulness.
2 Cor 3:5 (NET): “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.”
“In faith, there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't.” - Blaise Pascal.