I Give Thanks

I visited our new Goodwill the other day and found a book called Grace: An Invitation to a Way of Life, by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson, and Judson Poling. I appreciated the following words I found on page 19 of this book:

"I will try to have eyes that see God's gracious daily provisions, even in the ordinary--a warm bed, a closet full of clothes, a comfortable pair of shoes, a hot shower, the ability to see, hear, walk, think, feel."

I know that I often do not ponder at all about such ordinary blessings. Oh, sure, occasionally I might consider the horror of the loss of sight. And when the water goes off, I miss the pleasure of a hot shower. But I don't consciously maintain a heart full of gratitude for the ordinary gifts of God in my life the way I know I should.

When I discussed my thoughts on this with my husband, he reminded me of a verse in the Bible.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

As I got to thinking about this verse and the words from the book and began applying the lesson to my life, I noticed an amazing change in myself. Everything I did brought more joy. An afternoon sitting in the sun with my daughters and grandson became more precious. A kid's meal from Chick Fil A tasted better. Even the intimacy I share with my husband pleased me more.

The sun is brilliant today--the sky a gorgeous blue without a cloud in sight. My younger daughter carries my second grandchild within her. My older son and my husband both enjoy new jobs. My younger son happily goes to college. My older daughter excitedly looks forward to finally receiving the coveted title "aunt." God in heaven provided all these blessings! And I give thanks.

Tina Collins Dozier
March 18, 2009