Don’t miss the giver for the gift!

Somedays I just feel completely OVERWHELMED by the goodness of God, and today is one of those days. If you stop and think about it for a moment, you are INCREDIBLY blessed. 

Do you have a place to lay your head at night? Welcome to blessing. 

Do you have a car to drive or some other means of transportation? Welcome to blessing. 

Do you eat food on a regular basis? Most of the time do you even get to choose the kind of food you want to eat? Welcome to blessing. 

See, there are EVERYDAY things in our lives that are tremendous blessings from God, and yet, for some reason we typically ignore them. More often than not, we don’t even say thank you. 

And I get it…it’s easy to go throughout our lives and take these everyday things for granted, but they are gifts! We don’t deserve these things, and yet, the most Generous of all givers, God, gives us these things. 

James 1:17 says:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

The things we often take for granted are GOOD and PERFECT gifts from a Heavenly Father who simply adores you. And just like any good dad, He LOVES to give gifts to His children. 

So the next time you find yourself wanting something or feeling like you have not, simply take a moment and begin to THANK God for the things He’s already given you. Here’s a sample list to get you started:

Things to Thank God For:

  • Breath – Literally every breath is a gift
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Shelter/Home
  • Health
  • An able body
  • A sound mind
  • A family
  • Spouse
  • Kids
  • Job

On and on that list could go. As a matter of fact, I challenge you, take just 5 minutes, right now, right where you are at, and begin to thank God. Watch as you continue to thank Him as thing after thing floods your mind to be thankful for. As a result of this practice of gratitude, also watch how your attitude improves and becomes flooded with Joy. 

Gratitude sustains joy. And the practice of gratitude helps us to remember that we have a God who literally died so that He could have a relationship with us and give us good gifts. Don’t you want to thank Him for that?