“What if you woke up this morning and found the only things you had left were the things you thanked God for yesterday?” ~ Terry Shock
I am afraid I would lose many of the treasures I take for granted. What about you? In celebration of Thanksgiving I’m bringing back an old post. I hope it challenges and encourages you as much as it did me.
Did you thank God yesterday for your ability to see, hear, touch, taste, and speak? What about for your sense of balance, ability to sleep and to digest your food? Did you thank God for clean water, hot water, and indoor plumbing?
What people would you miss if you hadn’t taken time to thank God for them? Not just the ones in your family, but the ones who grow your food, repair your car, treat your illness, and serve your coffee.
Are you more likely to notice what’s broken or what works? Our local newspaper quoted a former soldier who said many of his buddies have lost feet and knees from roadside bombs. Now when his hurt, he’s thankful he still has them.
Listen to Paul’s words:
- “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NASB)
- “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” (Ephesians 5:20 NASB).
Thankfully God doesn’t take away our gifts because we forget to thank Him. But giving thanks opens our eyes to how rich we are.What if we only got to keep what we thanked God for? #thankful Click To Tweet
Pausing to thank God for all I wouldn’t want to lose showed me how wealthy I truly am. And guess what. You’re on my list of thanksgivings! May God grant you a wonderful Thanksgiving and us all grateful hearts.
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Debbie W. Wilson
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