I want to be like that one guy in the Bible who was healed from leprosy.
Okay, maybe not the leprosy part. But I want to be thankful like he was.
Remember that story? There were ten lepers, outcasts with a miserable condition that was decaying their bodies. No one would talk to them. They had to cry “Oucasts! Outcasts!” anytime they went near healthy people.
They had no hope for a pleasant future. They lived outside the city, basically in the town dump. A place fit only for wild dogs.
They had no hope.
And then one day, they heard that this great Healer was going to be in their city. They must have heard the rumors that He was the Son of God. And they braved the scorn of the townspeople, and risked being rejected and scorned, and cried out to Him for mercy.
“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
And the Messiah, that great Healer, heard their cry and mercifully healed their horrible leprosy. In accordance with the Law of their day, He sent them to the priests to verify that they were indeed healed. And that could have been the end of the story.
But one turned back.
This one was a Samaritan by birth, a veritable enemy of the Jews. But he turned around, and thanked that Jew for healing him. And not just a simple “thank you” but… he fell at Jesus’ feet, overwhelmed with gratitude and praise!
It takes courage for an outcast to thank a foreigner. It also takes an attitude of gratitude.
And what was Christ’s response to this man’s thanksgiving and praise?
“Your faith has made you well.”
I don’t think He was just referring to physical healing. I think this man’s soul was healed as well!
I want that kind of gratitude — the kind that makes me whole. I want to worship God with that kind of faith. I want to praise Him the way that one leper did, with my whole being.
I want to remember to thank Him on the good days and the bad. To always see His goodness, no matter how crazy the circumstances may be.
But it’s not just the act of saying “thank-you” that makes me have gratitude. It’s a way of life, a heart attitude that’s cultivated daily, in good and in bad.
It’s practicing thankfulness, when I feel most like complaining. It’s being content with what I have, and where I am in life. It’s choosing to rejoice, instead of choosing to worry or fear.
So today, I choose to be grateful. Today, no matter what storms are raging around me, I choose to give thanks to the God I serve. Because He never changes. Because He is always good. Because He is faithful, kind, just, and merciful.
QUESTION for YOU: How are you choosing to cultivate gratitude today?
P.S. It’s the last week of November! Don’t forget to send out your thank you notes!!