We take so much for granted, life, health, our residence, food, etc. It seems natural to have these. Yet each one is a gift from God. There are billions of people who wish they had what you do. Somehow, we take life and health for granted until they disappear. I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV says, “In everything give thanks,” but do we?
Jesus healed ten lepers in Luke 17:15, but only one returned to give thanks. What happened to the other nine?
When individuals experience Salvation, how do they express their appreciation? It is varied. Just take a good look at their lifestyle. Does it show gratitude, or do they want only the benefits of their redeemed life?
The Psalmist wrote in 107:1, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!” This Psalm’s sentiment is echoed again in 92:1 and 106:1. Its author was greatly appreciative of the Lord’s goodness to him.
Paul wrote in II Thessalonians 1:3, “To thank God always,” for those who are faithful. Somehow many Christians fail to do so. We should be thankful for those who feed us spiritually and serve the Lord behind the scenes. We need to thank all servants to their faces. It is a reminder to them in their dark hours of service to keep serving God regardless.
So, what makes you appreciative? Whatever it is, please do not take it for granted. Thank God for watching out for you, even in the little things. I thank God every time I take my daily walk. God has given me the ability to walk and to spend time with Him. Walking is an ability many people do not have, but it is a gift to me. I am incredibly appreciative of it. That may seem insignificant to many, but it is a gift that is appreciated. I can see where to walk; many cannot see the road’s potholes. Sight is a God-given gift.
All that we have is our gifts, including our frailties, and heartaches. Can we recognize God is with us even in our weaknesses and be thankful for His presence?
Even writing blogs is a gift. God has allowed me to minister to people who I will never see this side of heaven. Little things are big things when they are appreciated.