Day 5 ~ Digging Deeper!

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15–21

I hope you’re becoming more alert to the many reasons you have to be grateful. I remember hearing a friend tell how, while brushing his teeth and meditating on one of the verses in today’s reading (Ephesians 5:20), he was struck by the word “everything.” He was reminded of the importance of thanking God for even those “little things” that we often overlook. It made him pause and be thankful for, well ... his toothbrush. And his toothpaste. And, while he was at it, he thanked God for his teeth, for probably the first time in his life.

This may require another separate list from the ones you made yesterday, but it’s definitely a category worth considering. Since everything is a gift from God (James 1:17), “everything” is something to be thankful for. My friend told me he also asked himself: “If tomorrow’s supply depended on today’s thanksgiving, how much would I have tomorrow?”

What “little things” can you add to the gratitude lists you’ve started? Some of the items on your “everything” list will make you realize you’ve taken certain people in your life for granted. Say thank you today in some way.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Father God, You have blessed me with an abundance of little things. Open my eyes to what You’ve given me so that I might specifically thank You. Grow a grateful heart in me so that in all things—in everything—I might find how You are blessing me. Thank You!

Life Application:

How many times have we overlooked simple blessings from God and not given Him any credit for the thousands of possible catastrophes that have been avoided by His guiding hand? I often feel like I deserve some of the credit for things turing out good in my life. But the moment I take the praise, and become proud about my accomplishments, is the moment I loose sight of the magnificence of God. At one time I thought my life was great for not having to regret bad decisions, and then before I knew it, I had made terrible mistakes that same day, and the consequences were much more long lasting than I could have ever imagined. I've learned the hard way, that we must not take credit for out success, but we must recognize the giver of all success, and acknowledge His mercy in all of our lives!

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