Day 14 – The Gift

It is easy, in our fast-paced world, to go through life and simply take for granted the little things.  A person who only has a month to live, however, looks at things differently.  He or she greets each new day with a sense of gratitude.  This is the way we should all live.

However, with society pressures and the human tendency to compare, we are left wanting more, instead of being grateful for the gifts God gives to us each and everyday.  Having an attitude of gratitude will not only make us content, but also gives us a sense of peace that can only be found in being thankful to God.

Being thankful has the power to change us in so many ways.  We have the ability to see things for what they truly are and thank God for every breath that we are given, enjoying life to the fullest.  Having an attitude of gratitude will change you emotionally, spiritually, as well as, relationally. It will not take long for others to see a change in you.  This brings to mind the Grinch in the Dr. Seuss story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  His heart physically grew three sizes, when he discovered that it was not about getting, but giving and being thankful for what you have, not constantly wanting more.

I pray that you do not wait until the end to thank God for the gifts His pours out to you everyday.  Take a moment right now, to thank Him for giving you another day.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Make a list of five or six things that you often take for granted.  Then, thank God for those things today.
  2. Look over your list and select one that you will enjoy today.
  3. Make a list of the people in your life that you are most thankful for.  In the next few days, make an effort to let these people know how much they mean to you.

One thought on “Day 14 – The Gift

  1. When life gets a little crazy and I start to feel ungrateful because someone seems to have things easier, perhaps their clothes are nicer, they can take more vacations or they have gotten the raise that I thought should have been mine, I suddenly remember a voice from a long time ago. It was a soft, sweet voice of our little girl, who would go around the house singing, “Oh be happy what you’ve got, oh be glad what you’ve got!” I know God gave us this little girl, as a precious gift for many reasons, but she certainly served as a wonderful reminder to us that we had lots for which to be thankful. Even though that was over 35 years ago, I can still hear her song and the message that God has for us echoing loud and clear. We need to not only appreciate the things in our life, but to especially be grateful for the people in our lives, our health, etc. However, the most important thing for which we have to be grateful is Jesus Christ and the sacrifice that he made for us.

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