I think I’m decent at recognizing some of God’s blessings in my life, but lately I’ve realized I often stop short of consciously taking the time to thank God for them. Do you understand what I’m saying? This is SO simple, but I’ve somehow overlooked this! I think there is a BIG disconnect here…an important part of the puzzle I’ve been missing and didn’t even realize it.
When I fail to take the next step of not only being thankful, but addressing that gratefulness to the producer, which is God, (James 1:17 says, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and coming down from the Father of lights….) I’m forfeiting the contentment and joy God is trying to give me. And I’m the only one to blame.
It’s hard to pour positive things into other people’s lives when there is discontent in my own life. I will go so far as to say it is impossible. I’m a parent and teacher and have been for more than half my life. I’ve noticed my children and students are much more attentive when I’m happy, positive and enthusiastic. You just can’t wing it with children! They see the real deal.
So what happens on the days when I’m just “not feeling it?” They can see right through that! More importantly, God can see right through that. And now that I think of it, probably most everybody can see right through that! So who am I fooling? No one!
But who wants to just go through the motions of life anyway? Don’t we all long to REALLY live? I used to ask God to give me a good day, but I haven’t felt right about that prayer at all lately. The very best days are those days, even if they are tough, I really feel God right there helping me! There’s nothing like knowing you are right where God wants you and He is blessing you even when the seas are far from calm. I’ve come to be satisfied with nothing less. Once you’ve had a taste of that, it’s hard to settle for anything less. And I never want to.
Psalm 34:8 says, O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no lack to them that fear him.
David said in Psalm 42:1,2, As the deer longs for the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God…
A longing for God is a good thing, but when I’m always wanting more of other things, it is more properly defined as discontentment. Too many times I think, “Oh, this is neat, but….” The joy of God’s blessings get easily overlooked because I’m wanting something more and not thanking Him for what I have. The more I express my thankfulness, the more contented I become.
I need to always remember only God can satisfy my thirsty soul…nothing or no one else. He has made me. He knows what I need and what is best for me. I need to trust Him to give me His best and not what I think is best. If He is always Plan A, I’ll never need a Plan B. Let’s not short change ourselves when God does bless us by failing to take the time to thank Him. Godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6).
Keep looking up!