Thanks For Everything
I was born with a bad attitude. I slithered out of the womb with an ungrateful little heart. I didn’t even think to thank God for my birthday suit. Nor did I thank my mom for the prenatal heartburn, weight gain, and hemorrhoids she endured (a party compared to the angst I caused in my teen years). And that little toilet training thing she did? Now, that has really come in handy over the years. But was I thankful? Well, yes, actually I was-but not until I’d changed 42,240 diapers myself (8 kids x 5 diapers a day x 352 days x 3 years:). All this to say, I could’ve done better in the gratitude department- both to my mom, and especially to the Lord. Thankfully, there’s an effective cure for thankless wretches.
Gratitude is good for what ails us. ‘Tis the season to be less-than-jolly with in-laws and out-laws looming close at hand. The Great Physician orders an extra large dose of appreciation to cure all poor “I” conditions.
Thankfulness is a great beauty treatment, too. Psalm 147 says that praise is becoming, i.e. beautiful. Think of the money saved: I don’t need Botox for full lips, just lips full of praise; I don’t need a face or eye lift, I just need eyes lifted to the Maker of heaven and earth! I don’t need makeup…well, actually I do; but you get the point.
Maybe I’m not the only one who needs to download an iThank app. to my heart in time for Thanksgiving -which, ya’ know-should be an everyday thing.
“Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” 1 Chronicles 29:13
How ‘bout you? Start your daily devos with a specific praise for the day (read Psalms to jump-start your list). Oh- and write someone a thank-you note.