God commands us to be grateful. Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Yep, that’s pretty much a command. Not a hard one to follow though right?
Whew, I fall short of this so many times. I think waaa meee in so many different situations and times. And how in the world can I not be thankful?! I live in the richest country in the world. Just living here even if I was on foodstamps and barely scraping by, I would be richer than 80% of the world. WOW! Ok, now let’s not consider money, I am relatively healthly and even with the back problems I have I have access to healthcare. Yep, it’s gonna cost some cash, but I don’t have to walk for 2 days to get to just a clinic that probably has run out of medicine and/or is not equipped to help me.
Oh, speaking of walking, I don’t have to. I have a car! And if I lived in town I could use the public bus system in our neighboring town.
So where can I go… to visit friends and family, to school, to the movies, to the zoo, to the park, to the grocery store! Yep, we have groceries here in this country! There are places around the world that don’t have groceries, so if there’s nothing growing and nothing to catch there’s nothing to eat. WHAT A BLESSING FOR ME AND MY FAMILY AND MY COUNTRY!
Can’t afford groceries? There’s food pantries. And raman noodles. My husband still has a hatred for these. Our first year of marriage we ate either raman noodles or hot dogs almost every day. Somedays I would mix it up and make a “fancy” raman surprise with cut up hot dogs and spaghetti sauce. Mmm Mmmm! LOL BUT we had food!
And water. Clean water. To cook those noodles in. Thank you Lord so much for clean water! According to the UN… 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases.
I listened to a sermon today on gratitude(is it obvious?). Bob Russell(the pastor) talked about how people who are most thankful are not usually the ones with the most but those with the least. He also said if you want to up your gratitude then try visiting a third world country. I’ve not had the chance to go to a third world country but I know of places in Arkansas where people live out of buses in the woods and have met with and/or seen homeless people. It has opened my eyes. I am blessed beyond measure.
But in the end all this doesn’t matter. What matters most and the biggest and only true and eternal blessing is God. His gift of salvation through his Son – Jesus. All God wants from me for all the blessings in this life and the next? To believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and confess that He is Lord. With that, I want to turn from my disobedience toward God(aka Sin). With that I want to praise God for what is to come in this life and the next. With that I want to check that my attitude is one of gratitude!
Praise God for his blessings. Thank You for the good things you bless me with; thank You for walking me through the tough things of this life; thank You for Your mercy and forgiveness and for eternity!
Psalm 95:2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.