Day 19~ People Matter!


Scripture Reading: Romans 1:81 Corinthians 1:4Ephesians 1:15–16Philippians 1:3–4Colossians 1:3–41 Thessalonians 1:2–32 Thessalonians 1:3 


When you read Paul’s New Testament letters, you can’t help but notice he was thankful for others. Paul didn’t just leave it at generalized expressions of gratitude—he often took time to identify specific individuals for whom he was grateful and to let them know how much he appreciated their contribution to his life and ministry. 

People matter to God. And they should matter to us. It’s important to take time to recognize and express appreciation for the contributions that even little-known people make to His kingdom and to our lives. Today, make a list of individuals who have blessed or touched your life in some way. Ask yourself, “Have I ever thanked this person for the way God has used him/her in my life?” Put a checkmark next to each individual to whom you have expressed gratitude.

Then begin the process of catching up on your “gratitude accounts.” Don’t try to tackle the whole list at once. Pick one for starters. In the next twenty-four hours, find a way to express your gratitude for that person’s influence and impact in your life. Then move to the next one ... and the next.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Lord Jesus, I want to love people the way You showed us. Help me to express my gratitude to others for specific ways they have invested in me and enriched my life. Thank You for giving me people who love me and care for me. Open my eyes to every person who needs encouragement from me for how they have loved me. You Thank You! 

Life Application:

I've recently been thinking about all the people God has used in my life to bless me, and teach me in the ways of righteousness. My Mother and Father have sacrificed SO much for me each and every day of my life. They have taught me, corrected me, and modeled an example of living for Christ. I'm so grateful for their selfless sacrifice.

But somedays, in the hard times, I forget how much they've done for me, and I loose sight of the debt of gratitude I owe them. I get frustrated and upset with them, disrespect them, and then treat them like they haven't made any sacrifices for me. In those times, (and I'm sure we all have had them) it is easy to be selfish, and ungrateful. Our future seems bleak, and we want nothing other than to go into our rooms and pout. And that's exactly what Satan wants us to do. He wants us to give up on the people that matter most, and despise authority, because He knows that the first step in us straying away from God is ungratefulness, and dishonoring authorities. 

To counteract this, we must choose gratefulness. Especially in the times where it seems like we have reason to believe that we are unloved, unwanted, and have no friends. We must look beyond what we can see, and realize the vast number of people that have impacted us  in ways which we can't even imagine. We must choose to be grateful for all the people that have made a difference in our lives. Whether it be our parents, and siblings, our music teachers, our friends, or whoever else God has used to help us to grow. And we must remember that growth can come from pain. Sometimes our biggest challenges in relationships with people turn into our biggest asests. It's all about our perspective, and how we're going to choose to be grateful for the people that really matter!




2 comments:

  1. Elanee, thank you for this great post! Gratitude is SO important! I've been trying to have a more grateful spirit. It's not always easy! I was given a wonderful book two years ago called "Choosing Gratitude" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it!

    By the way, I have nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog! Here are the details:

    http://acting4christ.blogspot.com/2014/06/trivia-tuesday-liebster-award.html

    If you're too busy, I totally understand. It's just there as a fun thing if you feel like doing it. No pressure. :-)

    Have a great week!

    ~ Stacey

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    1. Thank you Stacy for the award and comment.
      I am actually using Nancy Leigh DeMoss' Choosing Gratitude to write these blog posts. I'm just adding my own life applications and pictures. It has been such a blessing for me to study,and apply!

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