Why am I so blessed? My conversation with a young prison inmate left me reminiscing over my childhood. My parents modeled right and wrong and loved my sister and me and each other—blessings I took for granted growing up. Spending time with those who’d never tasted those basics adjusted my thinking.
Gratitude comes more naturally for some than for others. But we can all learn to cultivate it. We don’t have to spend time with those who have less to recognize the gifts we’ve overlooked, but opening our eyes to other’s trials can make us aware of our blessings.
Larry’s parents owned and managed a small grocery store. They worked long hours and never had a lot to show for it. One day Larry, a typical teen, whined over not having the most popular brand of sports shoes. His dad invited him to join him on a ride. He walked with Larry down a street where the homeless of Phoenix lived. Larry saw a man navigating the sidewalk on a homemade skateboard. Stumps had replaced his legs. Larry felt the strength in his own legs, and name brand tennis shoes lost their luster.
Naomi Needed Perspective
In the book of Ruth, Naomi said, “I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty” (Ruth 1:21 NIV). A famine had prompted Naomi’s family to flee Bethlehem. While away, her husband and two sons had died. Her loss made her realize her former life with her family and little food had been full after all.
The manufacturer of my dog’s medicine is out. I ordered their food November first. I got a notice half of it was finally mailed on the 22nd. Short supply chains and rising prices can rouse fears in those of us who’ve lived in the land of plenty. But it doesn’t have to.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Our Father wants to take care of us. He’s the source of all we need (Ps. 23:1). When life is smooth, sometimes we overlook our gifts and the Giver. Choosing gratitude helps us recognize our daily blessings and reminds us to focus on the Giver of every good and perfect gift (Jas. 1:17).Choosing gratitude helps us recognize our daily #blessings and reminds us to focus on the Giver of every good and perfect gift (Jas. 1:17). #Thanksgiving Click To Tweet
Thanksgiving provides an excellent opportunity to count our blessings—even the ones that don’t feel like gifts in the moment. Naomi came to see, even in her losses, she hadn’t come home empty. Her daughter-in-law Ruth who accompanied her was better than seven sons.
God wants to meet our material and emotional needs too. Let’s look to Him and thank Him for His constant care.
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