Thanking Me for the Ordinary
Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives. – 1 Corinthians 1:4-6 (MSG)
Every parent knows how it feels to be taken for granted or treated like a vending machine that exists solely for you children’s benefit and comfort. But if you think about it, that’s probably the same way you treated your parents.
Take some time out of your ordinary day and thank Me for the good, normal, ordinary things I do for you.
So often in life, it isn’t what is present in your lives that makes the difference as it is your attitude about your circumstances. You can grumble about the town where you live or appreciate the good things it has to offer. Many people in small places or churches complain, “Nothing ever happens here.” But when you have a personal crisis or need help repairing your roof, your neighbors are much more likely to lend a hand than in a large, impersonal city.
Life is full of “ordinary” circumstances and people. You can get tricked into thinking it’s only the huge, spectacular, special events that generate lots of excitement that are worthy of your time and attention. But when you’re older, you will realize it’s the small things that make the difference. The quiet conversation on the front porch. The game of checkers you enjoyed with Grandpa. The reminiscing with old friends. Don’t stay so busy you forget to be thankful for the glue that holds life together.
Why don’t you spend a moment thanking Me for the little blessings in your life?
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Read Luke 17:12-19.
- Jesus healed 10 lepers but only one returned to thank Him. Have you ever experienced a miraculous healing or been given an extraordinarily generous gift? How would you describe your reaction?