Since Thanksgiving is on the horizon, I figured I would talk about how grateful we should be for what we have in our lives, who we are as individuals. Last but not least, although he should always be first be thankful to God for what He has done in our lives. Most of us have probably read the story of the ten lepers,
Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
After all ten lepers were healed, only one of them came back to be grateful and give thanks to Jesus for healing him, what happen to the other 9 lepers why didn’t they come back to thank Jesus for their healing? Even Jesus asked that question, where are the rest of the lepers? Were all not ten cleansed? How many of us pray for a healing, even the most simplest things, a headache, stomach virus, a cold, and it’s gone the next day, yet we forget to thank God for the healing even if we took medicine. Why don’t we thank God for the person who God gave the intelligence to, to make that medicine. Some of us complain about the Job that we have, be thankful for the job that we do have, some of us complain about the car that we have, we should be grateful for the car that we drive.
How about being grateful for the husband that your married to, although he may not be the best, you still are married to a great guy, for the husbands, the wife may not be the best cook, cleaner, housewife, etc, but she’s still a great mom, she still loves you, takes care of you, loves you. Be grateful for the wife that you have today. For the singles out their, as I was thinking about this, I thought about the fact that although I am single, I should be grateful that I can hang out with me friends, when I want to, go out when I want to, do the ministry that I am doing now, and hope to when I am married, but for now, I should be grateful to God for where I am now, and the life that I am living now. Instead of being upset about the girl/guy that dumped you, be grateful, it could’ve been worse, think of it this way God’s taking you out of a bad situation, and putting you into a better one.
Although I have been through a lot in my life, I am thankful for what I do have, although I may not show it or thank God enough for what I do have. I have two arms, and two legs, I can walk, I can talk, I can run around, jump up and down. Philippians 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Although this applies to anyone in any circumstance, their are some who can’t walk, talk, run, jump up and down. Who have no arms and legs, Nick Vujicic is one of those examples who have no arms and legs, but doesn’t let that get him down, he still does things for God, he still travels around preaching about God’s goodness.
Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Maybe it’s time for us to go back to the reality, of contentment, and to live life in contentment, not that we can’t want more from God, or if God gives us something we don’t take it, but realize what we have, is all that we need, and be thankful for that at this time in our lives.