Thankfulness

Just this week I went to a local area minister’s breakfast. This happens on the first Thursdays of the month. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone, but I came away with something that I have to share with you.

After the meal, while we were all sitting at our tables, we finished our “get-together” with a prayer time. They told us to share what we are thankful for with the rest of the group at our tables. For some reason I thought about it.

Do you ever do that? Shouldn’t our response to a question like, “What are you thankful for?” be very immediate and resolute? I actually had to think about it for a little while before I had an answer. I felt ashamed. God has given me so much, but there’s nothing that quickly comes to mind to be thankful for? Am I serious?!

I apologized to God in my prayer. I realized something that morning that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. If I don’t take time to be thankful every day for what God has given me, I won’t be content or satisfied. My eyes will lust for more and my fleshly nature will come to life. I don’t want to be a person who requires material to satisfy my wants. I want to be content with what God provides for my needs. Paul says in Philippians 3:7-11 that everything has become a loss for the gain for knowing Christ. When we’re not thankful for what God has already done for us those things which were counted loss suddenly become a gain again and the value of Christ falls in our hearts.

Please join me in purposing to be thankful daily for what God has and is giving us so He will always remain the most valuable to us.

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