Good morning to all of God’s beautiful people,
Hebrews 13:5-6 (MSG) – Larger reading: Hebrews 13:1-17
“Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us. ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me?”
Erma Bombeck wrote: An estimated 1.5 million people are living today after bouts with breast cancer. Every time I forget to feel grateful to be among them, I hear the voice of an eight-year-old named Christina, who had cancer of the nervous system. When asked what she wanted for her birthday, she thought long and hard and finally said, “I don’t know. I have two sticker books and a Cabbage Patch doll. I have everything!” The kid is right.
What would it take to make us happy? I mean, really, really, dance-around-the-block, hug-your-enemy, sing-out-loud-in-a-crowded-store, exhaustive-celebration happy? What would it take?
Winning the lottery? Finding a long lost relative? Being reconciled with a family member? Being free of pain? Immeasurable success?
Wasn’t it John D. Rockefeller who said, “Success is having a little bit more than what you have”? In other words, we never get to the point of complete success or total happiness. Our lives are destined for constant achieving, striving, work so that we can grab hold of the elusive “golden ring” … unless our souls are grasped by something larger … say, the Kingdom of God.
The kid got it right! It is simple things that bring about contentment and a grateful heart as she “relaxed with what she had.”
That’s my challenge this Thanksgiving … is it yours?
“Give thanks with a grateful heart … Give thanks to the Holy One; Give hanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son … And now let the weak say, ‘I am rich.’ Because of what the Lord has done for us…” – Henry Smith
Lord, I need your help. Remind me often as to what is truly important in this life. Keep me from taking it all for granted. Trouble my heart if I ever get to the point of wanting more. I desire to have a grateful heart. Help me to discover the reality of that little 8-year old kid in me!
And the faith journey continues, Pastor Jim
Giving God the Glory – with a grateful heart