what is the word grateful doing here in may?
we’re too busy to stop and be grateful.
there are graduations and events to attend
school is finishing up
teachers are tired
so are the kids for that matter
don’t even talk to the parents!
and we’re supposed to talk about being grateful?
grateful isn’t something we only stop to do
like at Thanksgiving.
is gratefulness merely writing thank you notes?
or saying, “Thank you”
or even stopping to pray and thank GOD?
it can be
but as in all outward expressions
those can be perfunctory
or they can be true expressions of how we feel.
how do we feel when the gift is not what we wanted or expected?
whether the gift is from a loved one or from GOD
whether it is a big gift like a child…or the lack of one
a good husband…or lack of one
the presence of a job…or not
or something small like a present for Christmas or birthday?
these are tests of our hearts stop
the tests are more for us than for GOD
are they grateful or not?
He already knows what is there in our hearts
we live in denial about it all the time.
the circumstances that come into our lives show us
the truth of what is there.
the entitlement thinking, selfishness, self-serving,
comfort-loving desires of our hearts.
we are much more about us and ours.
much less about others and giving.
we need to face honestly what is present in us
and turn to Christ
thankful that at the cross
He clothed us in His righteousness
to make us accepted into the family of GOD.
by grace alone
not by our good works
but purely by His grace.
do we do the right thing all the time?
but we are in the family.
just as we don’t throw our own children
out of the family when they mess up.
He is the same.
He is maturing us
so we will one day be fully mature
in the new heaven
He is preparing for us.
Link to Fellowship Friday at Christian Mommy Blogger today.