Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 10: As the kids and I cleaned out closets today, we had lots of things (barely used) to take to the Goodwill. Clothes, toys no longer in use, household items that we do not need–all in good to nearly new condition. It surprised me, because quite frankly I have this mindset that we never have anything we need. My dismay and shame grew as (for the second time since we moved) we prepared a pile of things that we no longer wanted or needed.
How many times have I openly complained about all the things that I did not have? How many times have I inwardly fought the air because I did not have the designer item of the moment? How many times had my kids whined about not having anything to do? How many times have they come to me saying they had nothing to wear? Just in the last 10 days alone we donated about 12 canned goods between two school food drives. We have food spoiling in our frig, yet grumble about having nothing to eat.
Contrition is a serious thing.
Today, I thank God for not just having enough but more than enough. It may not be what I want at the time, but the fact that I have something when so many people do not have the basics gives me great pause on the way I look at life. There have been times when we only had one choice of what to eat, living out of the trunk of our car on air mattresses and borrowed beds. How can I now be so ungrateful when we all have a home, clothes on our back, shoes on our feet, and food for our bellies? Praise God for being the God of more than enough and for making sure that we live abundantly as well as having much more that we can use to bless others.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:8-11 KJV
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