The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:20 to be “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.”
I experienced a lot of what is described as “everything” the other day. I was actually praying the other morning walking through my house as I often do, when I looked up and started noticing so much of what I had in front of my eyes to be thankful for.
I saw what so much of the world does not possess while we just take things for granted. In the kitchen I saw the refrigerator, the stove, the dishwasher, the table and chairs, the dishes, the pots and pans, and the faucet that provides clean water.
I looked on the counter and saw my cell phone and the microwave. I looked across from the kitchen and saw the washer and dryer. I thought about the ample food supply in the refrigerator, freezer and cabinets.
As I walked further I went through the bathroom and saw the shower and the sink and the toilet, of which I am thankful is in the house. (We went to the mountains of Costa Rica a couple of years ago where they had no toilets inside or out, no electricity and no beds to sleep on).
I thought about the heating and air that keeps the house the preferred temperature, and actually the house itself that provides shelter. I noticed all the clothes in the closets, most of which I never wear. I could go on and on with all of the material possessions that I have been blessed with.
I do realize that these material blessings are not the most important things I am blessed with. Because of Jesus in my life, I have peace and direction. I am fulfilled because I am living the life that I believe God has called me to live.
I have the promise of eternal life and am able to live the best life available here on earth. I have a wonderful wife and family who I love very much and I believe loves me.
I have a wonderful church family that God has allowed me to serve. And I have been fortunate to be healthy with no serious physical issues.
I challenge you to take an inventory of your life and be thankful for all God provides. If you don’t possess the most important things, the good news is that you can. Surrender your life to Jesus and start living the life God intends for you to live.