Reflections on the Quest: “I am grateful.”

When one of the RCA moms dropped off her sons this morning, I noticed that she was wearing one of the cheap, rubber thing-a-ma-jigs on her wrist.  I noticed the word “Thankful.”  Then I saw the statement:  “I am grateful.”  When I asked her why she was wearing it, she basically said it was her physical reminder to be thankful for all of God’s blessings, something she naturally struggles to do.  Boy, can I relate!  I think I went to bed with a bad attitude and brought that nasty thing with me into this morning.  If I can be honest, I often disobey 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  Paul wrote, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   Rather than being joyful, I choose gloom.  Instead of praying at all times, I pray in the morning and only a couple minutes throughout the rest of the day.  And–“giving thanks in all circumstances”–not a chance!  I know that I grumble (sometimes just in spirit, but it’s a grumble nonetheless) more than I give thanks.  Tim, this should not be!  I have ample reasons for which to be thankful.  Here’s an incomplete list:  I am thankful (1) that Jesus is on His throne, (2) for an excellent wife, (3) for a baby girl who had a great attitude this morning, (4) for the hugs and kisses of my five-year-old when he awoke, (5) that I live in a country that allows me to choose the governor of my state and a congressman who represents us in Washington, (6) for a beautiful fall day in Tennessee, (7) for health to work today, and on and on the list could go.  Listen, I could make a list of complaints just as long.  But that would be sin.  I do not want to conclude this day as I began.  I am grateful.  Say it with me:  “I am grateful!”

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