May 20, 2019
Life is full of so many blessings. The question is: Do we take time to notice and acknowledge them as we go about our daily lives, or do we take them for granted? Pause for a moment and imagine losing even a few of the things that often seem so “normal.” Suddenly you can’t walk. You can’t hear. Your car is stolen. Your family and friends are taken away. Your reputation and abilities are gone.
Now imagine, one by one, you get all those things back!
There is so much to be thankful for. If you took a sheet of paper and started writing down the ways God has, in His mercy, shown grace to you—preserving and keeping and sustaining you—I think you would be surprised.
Gratitude is about noticing the simple pleasures of life, living as though everything is a miracle and being constantly aware of what you have been given. It is being conscious of abundance, not of lack. It is looking at the nine good emails, not the one bad one.
We can learn from David, who exhorts himself in Psalm 103 not to forget all the blessings he has been given: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:1-3).
This week, I encourage you to be intentional and look for the little things around you that make you happy. It’s really amazing, when you start to think about it. Below is a poem I wrote about some of these things I’m grateful for in my own life.
Little Things I Like . . .
Tea in a clean glass An old watch that runs Tiny roadside tea shop Thoughts that make me happy Telephone that works Fountain pen Blue-black ink Books with short stories Winding roads with trees on both sides Tiny birds that sing in the morning A candle when the lights go out A sincere smile People who tell me when I am wrong Preacher who doesn’t scream and shout Real flowers A story that has a good end Friendship not for benefit A word of thanks Friendly old people Village children Driving alone Late-night omelet at a street shop The thought of seeing you again Clothes that feel comfortable next to my skin Words of forgiveness Intelligent people who are simple Simplicity that is authentic Hearing, “I love you too” Questions that make me think Answers that I don’t have to give Listening more than talking Asking myself, “What if I were in their shoes?” Leaves that dance in the breeze Tears of joy Touch of love Listening to you Sound of silence Sunset in summer Sitting alone in bed when I pray for you
Season of Lent is a journey to spiritual growth, renewal and an opportunity to know the Lord Jesus more intimately and closely. We must hear the Lord speaking to us all along the way as the journey continues so that our heart-attitude will become more like His. The way to attain this is by deliberately choosing an attitude of confession, denying of self, fasting, meditation, prayer and supplication. And, the life is enriched with humility of Christ and service to others. This daily devotional will do just that: bringing the focus upon Jesus and enabling spiritual renewal in our walk with the Lord.
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