Thankfulness to our God is an attribute we must remember and cultivate to a greater extent each day. It is our Lord who gives us all we have, even allowing us the next breath we take. We sometimes hear very successful people referred to as “self-made”. That is a myth. They may have used their talents and abilities to gain a place of position and wealth, but there is nothing self-made in this. Moses said to ancient Israel, “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth,…”(Deuteronomy 8:17-18) All that we have is a pure grace gift from our Lord. It is our God who gives us strength of days, and doors that are opened, or closed, to opportunities. The habit of thankfulness keeps our eye focused on the Lord where they belong, and a heart that is humble and open to the needs of others. Look around today, and give thanks for all you see.
The rain has let up for a little while, but still more it predicted. Our ground is saturated, the pool is overflowing, I’ve had to keep watch on the sump pump that is not working properly, and we’ve had some leaks in the dining room. Yet, in all we cannot complain. I see pictures on the news of flooding in other areas. Water surging in streets. Homes being washed away. People having to be rescued. What we have is nothing. I also look at the home we have, and the food on the table, the car in the garage, and so on. Many others in the world have none of these. For me, it is more than being thankful to the Lord for these gracious gifts. I am humbled, realizing that I do not deserve anything. Why I have and others don’t, is not my right, or my doing. I can only give thanks to God, and love and support to others. We all live under the same grace. We won’t know until eternity any of the “whys.” But then it won’t matter. We will all be enfolded in His love.