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! – Dr. H. G. VanSandt was my Pastor, Mentor, Dad and Friend. He is celebrating Thanksgiving with Jesus
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Daily Bible Reading: Philemon
Think About This: I need Thee, O Lord, for a curb on my tongue; when I am tempted to making carping criticisms and cruel judgments, keep me from speaking barbed words that hurt, and in which I find perverted satisfaction. Keep me from unkind words and from unkind silences. Restrain my judgments. Make my criticisms kind, generous, and constructive. Make me sweet inside, that I may be gentle with other people, gentle in the things I say, kind in what I do. Create in me that warmth of mercy that shall enable others to find Thy strength for their weakness, Thy peace for their strife, Thy joy for their sorrow, Thy love for their hatred, Thy compassion for their weakness. In thine own strong name, I pray. Amen. Peter Marshall
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. Psalm 37:25