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A Lesson In Thankfulness

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment

From My Journal – Two Lists of Thanks

Last week I was thanking God for various things, when all of a sudden I stopped myself. The things of thanks that were rolling off my tongue where all things that money can buy… air conditioning, house, car etc… all gifts, purchased, paid for, or billed for. All things I am thankful for, but in that moment I realized – — I need to check my heart.

My frustration led me to list out the things in my journal that I’m truly thankful for. I decided to list them in two columns. Column one was for things that can be bought with money, column two was for things that money cannot buy. This exercise taught me three things.

1. The list of things that money can buy was much shorter than the list of things money cannot buy. The further I went down the list of things money cannot buy, the deeper I went into the goodness of God in my life.

2. After comparing the two lists, and doing some direct comparisons, there was not one thing in the list of things that money can’t buy that I would trade for something in the list that money can buy. (read that again, this was huge!)

3. There are things that I even neglected to include on my list of things money can buy, because I take them for granted, such as food and freedom. Worldwide these would probably come up on the top of both sides of the list, and I simply forgot them.

After this little exercise, it opened my eyes to an even greater gratitude for God’s goodness in my life and second, a reminder to hold a higher value to the higher things. I encourage you to make your own lists, and see for yourself how great God is and how He truly knows what we need.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

Psalms 100:4

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