Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday, 03/25/12

Psalms: 118, 145
Old Testament: Exodus 3:16-4:12
New Testament: Romans 12:1-12
Gospel: John 8:46-59
“I WILL extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever [with grateful, affectionate praise].  Every day [with its new reasons] will I bless You [affectionately and gratefully praise You]; yes, I will praise Your name forever and ever.” Psalm 145: 1-2

I recently saw a friend share a picture online that said, "What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday."  I try to remember to give God thanks each and every day.  Some days I feel like I do a good job; others, I'm lucky if I remember to give Him thanks before a meal.  But what if that really happened?  What would I wake up with?

So I thought about it and realized that, in general, I’d be surrounded by some of my favorite people and things; but what about all the other things that make up my daily existence? Do you remember to give Him thanks for ALL things?  I tried it once, and I found my list going on and on, “and… oh, and… and also…”  Then I tried the simple, “Thank you for everything” approach, but I was left feeling like that was a cop out.

Suddenly it dawned on me; giving thanks to God wasn’t necessarily about a shopping list of things, nor was it about being general and vague, it was about acknowledging His place in my life.  I give
“thanks” to God every time I do something right in His eyes. 

When I give thanks to God, I need to consider thanking Him for being in my life, for being a part of my life.  I need to thank Him for walking with me and leading me along the way.  I truly have so much to be thankful for. The question is where will I begin?  Where will you begin?

“My mouth shall speak the praise of the
Lord; and let all flesh bless [affectionately
and gratefully praise] His holy name
forever and ever.”
Psalm 145:21

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