An Attitude of Gratitude
Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. (Mark 4: 25 NIV)
When I read this verse I was sure that Jesus had said that “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” That, of course, is not the meaning of His words. He was teaching our need to be grateful.
As soon as I was able to write, my mother made me write a “thank you” note to my aunt for the new underwear that she gave me for Christmas. How I hated that! It seemed like I was being untruthful. How glad I am now that she taught me this valuable lesson.
When we are thankful for what others do for us they are happy to do more; conversely when we are unthankful they want to take away what they have just given.
How could anyone take away what we have when we have just said that we have nothing? Is it not our Father’s will that we learn to value what we have? Truly grateful people are happy. Much of our unhappiness comes from ingratitude.
Two centuries ago a London pastor stopped by, on his way home for supper, to check on an old widow, who lived in a basement apartment. He found her sitting at a table with only a crust of bread and glass of water. “Oh pastor,” she said, “will you ask God’s blessing on my meal. Think of it, I have all of this and Jesus!”
I thought how true it is that if we have the whole world but have not Jesus, we have nothing; but just a crust of bread with Jesus is everything! May God give us an attitude of gratitude. Dear Jesus teach me while I may have little With you I have so much May I value most that I have you And may I value your touch! – Pastor George VanSandt was my pastor growing up and a contributor to REAL VICTORY FOR REAL LIFE Volumes 1 & 2.
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 10751-10770). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: God delights to increase the faith of His children…I say, and say it deliberately – trials, difficulties and sometimes defeat, are the very food of faith…We should take them out of His hands as evidences of His love and care for us in developing more and more that faith which He is seeking to strengthen in us. George Muller
Verse to Memorize: My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ears to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. Proverbs 4:20-21 ESV