I saw a Facebook meme recently that said something like “what if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today.” It made me start to think about how much I truly express my thanks to God for the many things He provides to me. I have to admit that if this were true, some of my days would be pretty slim!
Luke 17:11-18 tells the story of Jesus healing ten lepers. The story tells us that ten were healed but only one – a Samaritan, a foreigner who the people of his time hated – came back to thank Jesus. In verse 17 Jesus asks “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”
Most of us likely thank God for the obvious: our health, families, maybe our jobs or homes. But what about the other not so “obvious” things like grace (Ephesians 2:8) or the new start we get in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)? Are you thankful for the gift of the Word (Psalm 119: 9-11) or just simply the gift of life (Psalms 139:13)? How about peace (Philippians 4:6-7) or laughter (Proverbs 17:22)? What about the trials we face? We’re all thankful for those – right??! But James 1:2-4 tells us to “count it all joy” when we face trials!
We have so much to be thankful for – and much of it is so obvious that we take it for granted! In this season of Thanksgiving how about creating a thanks list. Not of the stuff you “normally” would say your thankful for but search the scriptures and create a list of promises God fulfills that we might look right past on a daily basis.
What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today? I pray that we can all learn to be more like the Samaritan – the foreigner in a foreign land – than the other nine who took their healing for granted.
In Christian Love,