I recently saw a quote by a man named William Ward that said, “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, ‘Thank you’?” Umm, good point. I know that living in this day and age there are a lot of things that we have to complain about. Every day it seems we are bombarded with a plethora of things that cause us to be upset, irritated and, of course, to complain. However, have you ever really stopped to consider all that you have to be thankful and grateful for?
Nothing puts this into perspective more than when you have to do without something, or something is not working properly as it should. These are things that we often have ready at hand, like hot water, a working shower door or a washer and dryer. Or how about when you see someone riding around in a wheelchair or on crutches, or who has some sort of handicap?
Psalm 103:1 begins by saying “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Most people don’t wake up every morning and thank God for the air they have to breathe, the water they can drink when they are thirsty, the food they have to eat to satisfy their tummies, the legs they have to walk on, or most anything else.
When was the last time, for example, that you thanked the Lord for your fingers? I know it sounds almost ridiculous to say, but think about it, if you didn’t have your fingers how would you grab anything, put make- up on (For you ladies), carry a briefcase, mow the lawn, hold your children or anything else? Have you even given an inkling of thought to something like that a day in your life?
Or how about your health? Nothing makes you so appreciative of your health as when you are feeling sick. Or how about your heat during the wintertime? Have you ever stopped to think of what your house would feel like during the freezing cold winter (Especially if you live up North) if you didn’t have any heat? I have, because it happened in our house in the middle of winter once (In Minnesnowta), where we didn’t have heat for a short period time because our gas company didn’t fill up our tank when they should have. I can tell you right now that nothing makes you so thankful for the heat as being in the cold. But why do we have to wait until we are feeling sick, or cold, hungry (Psalm 103:5), or thirsty, before we stop to thank God for what we have or even realize more fully His blessings?
If we are grateful and thankful, our actions should and would show it. We live in the most blessed country in the world, have freedoms that most other people could only dream of, and although there is much we need to correct in our nation, we do need to be thankful for all we have and how God has blessed us.
So, before you go to bed tonight, read Psalm 103, and when you wake up in the morning, and as you ponder your life throughout the day, be sure to show the Lord in action your gratefulness for all He has given you. The old saying is true, “You don’t know what you’ve, got till it’s gone.” Let’s try to switch that mentality around and be thankful for what we have, always.