Remembering to be thankful

How often do you genuinely thank God for all He’s done?

Not a hurried, “Lord, we’re grateful for this food” kind of thankfulness, but a genuine, from-the-heart gratitude.

In our over-indulged society it’s easy to forget to thank Him, or even to start thinking we deserve credit for the good things we have.

Jesus once healed ten lepers . . . read what happens:

On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well” (Luke 17:11-19).

As we approach Thanksgiving, we should ask: Which are we—the nine or the one?

Jesus gave all ten lepers their lives back, but only one recognized his need to thank Him.

And we do the same thing sometimes, don’t we?

In our rush to meet the next deadline, or finish the day’s to-do list, we forget about how good the Lord is to us.

This Thursday we’ll sit down and eat more than we should, but every day of the year our biggest challenge is limiting our calories, not hoping we get enough (millions in the world have the opposite problem).

This winter we’ll sleep in a warm bed every night.

We’ll have quite a few clothing choices when we get dressed for the day.

We’ll ride to work or school in a vehicle on safe roads in a country that honors rights that are important to us.

And as Christians, we’ll enjoy God’s salvation because He chose us to receive His greatest gift.

He’s given our lives back to us, so we should thank Him frequently, genuinely, and passionately.

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