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 material possession, comes from God. He blesses us countless times a day, yet we tend to only give Him credit and acknowledge Him when the gifts are super big, unexpected, or deemed “miracles”. Some of us fail to even thank Him for the big things.
We don’t always give thanks to Him for the successful deal we closed, project we finished, excellent grades we received, waived late fees, payment extensions granted, discounted services. We don’t always thank Him for the accidents we avoided, the headache that went away quickly, the calm peace that overtakes us when we’re stressed out, or the money that we find that we had forgotten or knew nothing about.
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 and 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 temptation.
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? 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.
The first thing we should 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 success, growth, exploration, and glorifying Him. Embrace your day. Be grateful and be a blessing to others.
Father, 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.
I thank You for the little things, the big things, and everything in between. I thank You for loving me like no one and nothing could ever love me. There’s no way for me to fully pay that love forward, but that won’t stop me from pouring what I can and all that I can into others. Thank You for making even that possible. I give You all of the glory, forever and always. Amen.
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