Thanks… for Everything!
I think it’s just perfect that we’re hitting this chapter right now… in November, in the middle of thanksgiving season, when thankfulness lists and gratitude posts abound. We are so blessed! We have so many things (and people!) to be thankful for. And not just generically thankful, but thankful to God Himself.
God didn’t just create us and leave us to get through life on our own — He is with us every single day, caring for us and sustaining us through every circumstance.
He provides for our needs, even the needs we don’t realize we have. He sends blessings beyond measure. He gives us each new breath, and each new morning, and fills them all with His mercies.
So what can you thank Him for today?
Material Blessings: Coffee, fresh air, sunshine, a car that runs, clean water to drink, health insurance, the Sunday comics, coupons, vacuum cleaners, libraries, digital books, warm winter coats, fuzzy socks…
These are all good things, and they are each a gift directly from our Father’s hand. These gifts are the things you should thank Him for, whether in prayer or song or written word. These are a specific part of the “everything” in which we should give thanks!
Spiritual Blessings: Salvation, divine encouragement, sure rewards for obedience, the Holy Spirit’s constant guidance, clear instruction in God’s Word, divine intercession, freedom from sin’s power, a future beyond compare…
Nancy also mentions other blessings, like God’s steadfast character… and His calling in each of our lives. Can you thank God for that? Yes! Even when your calling feels like drudgery, even when you almost dread waking up each day because you’re so tired of whatever-it-is that can’t get off your to-do list, even then you can praise God for trusting you with those tasks! Even then, you can thank Him for allowing you the privilege of serving Him.
Relational Blessings: Family (immediate & extended), godly pastors, caring church families, friendly neighbors, pleasant coworkers, competent doctors, loving friends, faithful prayer partners…
Have you ever thanked those people for how you’re blessed by them? Don’t take those people for granted, because we all know that life is short and uncertain! So thank them for being there. Thank them for their inspiring examples of courage, for their faithful words of truth, for their constant joy, for their edifying influence.
“Until we can make our thanksgiving lists within the context of God’s grace,
it’s like waking up in the night and only being able to see part of the clock.”
Now it’s YOUR turn!
- What did you love in chapter 7? What didn’t you love?
- What are you thankful for today? Share some blessings in the comments!
- Who can you say “thank you” to today?
P.S. I’m very thankful for all of YOU!! 🙂