What if you only had the things today, that you thanked God for yesterday?
Interesting thought right?! (yes, I stole this from The Message on XM, but some of you don’t listen…) The idea here is not to take this and say “God, thank you for the new car you are going to give me tomorrow!” It is to remind us to be thankful for all the things that we have today. Sometimes it is far too easy to get caught up in self pity and wonder why God isn’t giving us the things we are praying for (especially when we think we deserve them). Remember, we don’t deserve anything but punishment for our sins. Thank you God, for not giving us what we deserve!
Take some time today to thank God for all the things that he has blessed you with.
The events of the last few days have really put life into perspective for me. Our 2 year old daughter was air lifted to Children’s Hospital with a skull fracture and subdural hematoma. Through the course of everything we were shown how awesome God is, and how blessed we are to have so many people who truly care for us and who are willing to step up when we need them.
A verse comes to mind:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Perhaps it is through traumatic and life changing events that God gives us a little kick in the pants to remind us that He is still there, still watching over us, and still loving us. We can’t forget that He has everything taken care of, everything planned, and everything thought out for His glory.
Don’t wait for something spectacular or miraculous to thank God for all that He does in your life. Don’t wait for others to do something wonderful for you to thank your friends for being who they are and for being there for you.
Take the initiative and go bless someone today!