Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Fall is here and soon all the holidays. They seem to come and go faster every year. Thanksgiving should remind us that if you have your health, a roof over your head, and food on your table, then you do have much to be thankful for.
This reminds me of the story of the 10 lepers where JESUS healed them all, but only one returned to thank HIM and give HIM the glory. Why was that? I wonder what JESUS thought when HE witnessed that only one returned to HIM. Are we really as human beings that ungrateful? This story is an example for us to look for those things we take for granted every day and to be thankful for them. So often I say: "Lord, thank you for allowing me to wake up today." Let us look at what we do have, no matter how simple and thank HIM!
Those 10 lepers asked JESUS to have pity on them, but only one "threw himself" at JESUS' feet and thanked HIM. Do we sit at HIS feet daily and give our grateful hearts to HIM who has healed us from our sins? How often are we too busy or too quick to ask and then when we receive, we just go on our merry way!
A grateful heart tends to be a joyous heart. A thankful heart realizes that all it needs is JESUS and HIS love and forgiveness..... HIS healing of body and spirit. Everything after that is another blessing upon blessing. Being thankful seems to multiply. The more you do it, the more aware you are of all the small blessings around you. Ask HIM to give you that grateful heart. Ask HIM to show you all that HE has given you daily. Being grateful should be a way of life for us. Let us "rejoice and be glad, because great is our reward in heaven...." Matthew 5:12.
JESUS is all we should need and all we should follow after......HIS love for us shows in HIS blessing upon daily blessing. In spite of what the world tells you, be that "one" who returns to HIM and says: "Thank you".
HEBREWS 12: 28 "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship GOD acceptably with reverence and awe."