On July 1st, when First United Methodist Church in Duncanville received a new Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Frank Alegria, we began to receive weekly emails cleverly called, “Frankly Speaking.” Each of these emails was signed:
Obviously this led to some confusion that Pastor Frank needed to clarify. So he explained, “PGFWABF stands for the beginning of the Doxology that we sing every week: ‘Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.’ It’s a constant reminder that we need to operate from a perspective of abundance, and not a perspective of scarcity.”
Over the past couple months this idea has been constantly on my mind. While not wanting to ignore the reality of scarcity in the world, as we think through decisions we make every day, it makes a significant impact when we intentionally focus on the positive, instead of the negative.
Our human nature seems to set our default thoughts toward the things we do not have. What if we chose to focus, instead, on the things that we do have?
When God calls us to do something, instead of saying, “Well, God, I’m just not equipped to do something like that,” we might actually say, “Well, God, I have no idea how I might do that, but I’m trusting you to multiply the blessings that you have given me to carry out this calling!”
Last week we passed out wristbands with the acronym, “PGFWABF,” as it has kind of become a mantra of our church, popping up regularly on church members’ Facebook statuses and Tweets. As a church, we are asking the question, “How different might our ministries look if we were to practice a posture of praise, and not a posture of apprehension?”
And yes, people will inevitably ask those wearing the wristbands, “What does PGFWABF mean?” And we will gladly tell them all about the great blessings that God is giving First United Methodist Church in Duncanville when they do.
“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”
It’s about living life from a perspective of abundance, not a perspective of scarcity.
It’s about focusing on what we have, not on what we don’t.
It’s about operating from a posture of praise, not a posture of apprehension.