I'll give the kids a break and tell a story on myself. I have a lovely home---but it only has one bathroom and I really want at least a bath and a half. The yard is beautiful, but it is so small that I am limited in how much I can plant. And the fireplace in the living room adds just the right touch to the room, but it is not a working fireplace and I miss my fires so much. And the front porch adds the perfect charm and I spend many an hour swinging with the grands and watching the hood, but I need a ceiling fan on the porch during the hot Texas summers. I drive a reliable little car which is almost 5 years old, I really would like a bigger later model car. Get out your fiddle for the Whine Down!
My family is such a blessings, but I really always thought it would be a complete family until death do us part. I have a lifetime of good friends, but miss having a spouse. My life is filled with good times and adventures with friends and family, but I thought I would share these golden years with a spouse.
Do you get my drift--we are filled with "The Wants" and have a tendency to get a bad case of the whines. My eyes are on wonders all around and fail to see the beauty of what is right under my nose. I have excellent distance vision but things up close become fuzzy-especially when it comes to blessings. HEY--I WANT WHAT YOU HAVE!!
I am discontent and disgruntled because this picture does not look the way I thought it should. And I will begrudgingly give lip service to how thankful I am for all I have---BUT I could be so much more thankful if I just had -------this one more thing. WHY NOT ME?
We loose sight of the blessings we are lavished with and lack the faith to trust God in knowing what is best for us. We are at best marginally thankful - because this is NOT what I want--but instead what YOU GAVE ME! Oh Dear---back on my throne again.
Forgive my challenge of your perfect plan, God, and fill me with thankfulness for all you have blessed me with. Help me, Lord, to get my eyes off my neighbor and instead keep my eyes glued on You. Remind me daily of all you have lavished upon me. Give me the deep sense of gratitude and praise for your boundless love and mercy.
We will drift away from "Why Not Thanks" next week as we continue our search for the true spirit of Thanksgiving and explore "How to Exhibit Thanksgiving."
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.