David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
1 Chronicles 29:10-14
Every fruitful idea, every shred of clothing, all of our material possessions, come from God. He blesses us multiple times a day, yet we oftentimes only give Him credit and acknowledge Him when the gifts are unexpected or unexplainable—so we can call them “miracles”.
We don’t always give thanks to Him for the successful deal we closed, project we finished, excellent grades we received, late fees that were waived, payment extensions granted, or for the mechanics and other workers who grant us discounts on services.
We don’t always thank Him for the car, animal, person, or object we avoided hitting, the headache that went away quickly, the calm peace that overtakes us when we’re stressed out, or the money that we find in a pocket or drawer we had forgotten.
We don’t always thank Him daily for the faithful, loving, and devoted spouse/significant other. We don’t always remember to thank Him daily for our loved ones, for those family members whose eyes look like ours, whose laughs bring a smile to our face, and whose pain is matched with our own. We don’t thank Him for every moment we get to share with them.
We don’t always thank Him for keeping us focused and grounded, and for helping us to overcome and walk right past temptation without hesitation or a double-take.
Are we really that busy, that self-absorbed, and self-consumed that we don’t have the humility, the gratitude, and the love to thank our Father for all that He has done, is doing, and will do for and in our lives and the lives of our loved ones?
Are we too lost in our own false-reality that we can’t stop and thank Him for our freedom? You might ask, “What freedom?” We all are free to think with our own minds, even if our bodies are enslaved— our souls, spirits, and minds can never be shackled by another. We have to willingly and willfully surrender these things. We even have to give the devil permission to have access. Ponder that fact.
The first thing we should all do upon opening our eyes each morning is say, “Thank You” to our loving Father-Mother God. For without Him we would have no life, and no chance for succeeding, growing, exploring, and demonstrating another day.
Embrace your day. Be grateful for today and be a blessing to others. Ask God to provide opportunities for you to joyfully be of service to others. May your service glorify Him.
Father I woke this morning and thanked You for another day. Some of Your children did not open their eyes to this human experience but rather were transitioned to spiritual levels of existence, that we each will one day venture towards. But while I’m here Lord I want to do my best to serve You and Your children, especially the least of them, who are overlooked, neglected, manipulated, and abused.
I don’t want to question who needs more or whether someone is pulling a scam on me, I just want to focus my attention on being of service and helping them to develop an even closer relationship with You. The more people I encounter, the more of You I see in their eyes.
Father I thank You for the clothing, food, water, and shelter You provide for me. I thank You for the money that I receive through my labor, investments, and as gifts. No matter the perceived origin, I know that it all comes from You.
I am humbly appreciative of the grace and favor You bestow upon me, even when I am being fearful, doubtful, ornery, or prideful. You truly know my heart Lord, You know what is inside of me, and You know that even in pain I love You dearly and deeply, and that I never want to risk my relationship with You Father.
Let me not pass up an opportunity to serve and give You glory through that service. In Your Holy name I pray. Amen.
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