"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness."
There was a day a number of years ago, during some time spent in prayer, that God revealed something to me that really put me back in place. That baseball season had been full of ups and downs for our family, and it became very clear to me that I had spent an awful lot more time focusing on and praying about the downs than I had spent thanking God for the ups. My glass had been half-empty a lot more often than it had been half-full.
It’s not that I wasn't grateful for the blessings God had provided. I fully realized that each and every good thing that had happened was only by the grace of God. The problem was, my focus had quickly shifted from gratefulness to wishfulness. When I prayed about a need our family had, and God had begun to provide for that need in small ways, I was quick to point out the part of the need that had yet to be met. When God blessed us in one way, I longed for blessings in other areas of our lives.
How humbling it was to admit my own selfishness! God doesn’t owe me anything. In fact, He has already given me much, much more than I could ever deserve! If I never received anything more than the gift of eternal life in Heaven with him, how could I ever feel anything but humble gratitude? Yet my own sinful nature often gets in the way, and once again I am down on my knees asking for forgiveness and a new focus on life.
I wonder how many times I’ve gotten in the way of God’s work because others have heard me complaining instead of hearing me share what God has done in my life?
Prayer: Lord, my prayer is that the little things won’t go unnoticed…that in fact, they become the focus of my day, and the source of my joy and gratitude. You have given me so much to be thankful for! Help me to have a heart filled with praise!
Suggested Reading: Psalm 100