“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ecclesiastes 1-3, Psalm 45, and Ephesians 2.
Every good thing I have, or ever had, was a gift from Him. His goodness to me cannot be fathomed.
How easy it is, however, when we are given so much, that we begin to lessen our thankfulness. When was the last time I really appreciated a specific gift God gave me?
I received a compliment for some work I had done yesterday. It made me feel good. It made me want to continue the work I was doing.
God doesn’t need our praise, but it is good for US to do it. Why us? Because it shows that we realize that we have been given something. Taking gifts for granted stops happening.
I need to be quick to thank folks in my midst for their kindnesses to me.
“Lord, I want to get right being thankful. Forgive me for sliding along oblivious to Your Kindnesses. In every room I’m in I see Your blessings to me. Outdoors? How can I miss the sky, the trees, etc…? Your praise should continually be on my lips!”
My praising God is for my benefit. It makes me aware of His kindnesses.