Monday, October 26, 2015

God's Everyday Gifts

Today I was thinking about how we have a God who loves us so much that He blesses us and gives us gifts even when we don't ask for them.

When we wake up in the morning, the new day is a gift we don't always thank Him for.  Our every breath comes from the Lord.  Each family member is a gift from Him, whether we realize it or not.  Our abilities, our fruitfulness, our opportunities are all gifts from Him and He gives these freely whether we thank Him or not, or even if we believe in Him or not.  

Just today I was reading the story of a woman whose body was bent for 18 years.  Just imagine not being able to sit properly or look up at the sky or just look at people you were taking to for such a long time.

But this woman, instead of sulking at home, came out to hear Jesus preach.  When she got there, she didn't call attention to herself and neither did she call out to Jesus. Here's what Jesus did...

"Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, "Woman, you are set free of your infirmity." He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. .." Luke 13:10

Jesus called out to her.  He gave her the gift she was afraid to ask for or probably even hope for. After all this time she could now stand straight painlessly!  Nothing less than an awesome miracle! 

What does the woman do?  She glorified God!  What do we often do when we get an unexpected blessing?  Do we do the same as she did?  I sure hope I do.  Sometimes I forget that God works 24/7 even when I'm not praying and asking Him for things.  Indeed our whole life is best lived out wholly in gratitude!

I once asked a man in his 70s what he thought was the best way to live and his answer was, "say thank you, thank you, thank You God!"  Simple and yet powerful words to live by!


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