|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Be thankful”
Our Bible verse for today: “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Acts 14:17 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Practice being thankful.”
I believe most of us are pretty good about thanking God for the big things in life. We thank Him for our family and for our home, for our income and for our health, etc. But we’re probably not as good at remembering to thank Him for the smaller things like each new day; or for the flowers and for eyesight to see them with; or for the song of the birds and the sense of hearing so we can hear them; or for a thousand other smaller things that we routinely take for granted.
Billy Graham once suggested that we cultivate a spirit of thankfulness by establishing contrasts in our mind about the things that we should be thankful for but which we commonly take for granted. When you sit down for a meal, remember that half the people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight. When you enjoy the comfort of your home, remember that millions are homeless. When you ride in your car, think about all those who can’t even afford a bicycle. When you gather in your church for worship, remember your Christian brothers and sisters in other places around the world who must meet in secret and who place their lives at risk for even owning a Bible.
Likewise, when you pause to admire a beautiful sunset, think of those who are blind and thank God that you can see. When you take that walk around the block today, remember those who can’t walk and be grateful that you can. When you pour that second cup of coffee this morning, think about those who would love to have a first cup but can’t because they don’t own a coffee pot, because they don’t have a home to put a coffee pot in, and thank God for your home, and for the coffee pot, and for the coffee.
My prayer is that this month of devotional thinking about the spiritual discipline of being thankful has helped us to develop more of a thankful disposition. God has blessed us beyond measure. We have so much to be thankful for! I encourage you to spend some extra time in prayer today just thanking God for all He has blessed you with.
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