Do I have a thankful heart? Am I content? I like to think so.
But then I am hit square between the eyes with proof that tells me otherwise. I’m sometimes like a greedy queen who wants everything and everybody “her way”. I sit on my little throne and complain when things don’t according to my plan.
Paul wrote this passage a long time ago – but it still convicts my heart to truth. Philippians 4:11-13:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
How often do I sigh and act as if my circumstances are too much or too little? Far too often. I am appalled at my lack of a thankfulness. When I’m feeling discontent, desiring more or less than I already have, it points to an ungrateful heart.
My sweet friend, Vijaya, left a comment on yesterday’s post that has stuck with me.
We cleaned house, ooohed and aaahed over the cute doggie toys … will most likely watch a move tonight. It’s really the same old stuff day after day and week after week, but I’m content.
Thus, her comment has inspired me to start a Grateful List:
I am grateful for going to bed with a full belly.
I am grateful for a husband who kills bugs and spiders for me – even though he hates to do it.
I am grateful for two bathrooms.
I am grateful for a warm house and bed.
I am grateful for healthy, giggling children.
I am grateful for a sound mind.
I am grateful for the sprigs of gray in my hair.
I am grateful for money to buy groceries.
I am grateful for legs and arms that work.
I am grateful for central air and heating.
I am grateful for the gut-wrenching tears that come with grief.
I’m grateful for the cheek-streaking tears that come with joy.
I am grateful for the power of God…in all circumstances (known and unknown).
I am grateful for the freedom to speak, live and worship without fear of death.
I am grateful for the ability and blessing of sharing this simple and terribly incomplete list on this blog…and for all who read it.
I am grateful for tylenol and ibuprofen.
I am grateful for the little homemade Thanksgiving crafts that adorn my table.
I am grateful for the Great I AM. Jehovah. Yahweh. Messiah. King.
I am grateful just to be alive.
What are you thankful for today?