Formula for Gratitude?

As I prayed this morning, I was struck by an overwhelming realization- the kind that leaves you speechless with tears flowing freely down your cheeks.

I realized two things.

First,

That far too many times we engross ourselves in the issues of this life so much so that we forget to thank God for the simple things. We become fixated on the next level and we forget to bless God for the level we’re at. There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to be greater or wanting to be more. However, this shouldn’t come before our pursuit of God.

Everything we have and ever will have is in Christ Jesus. The cattle on a thousand hills belong to Him. The Earth and its fullness are His. To this end, we should seek those things which are above where Christ Jesus is (Colossians 3:1). He is healer, provider, shelter, strength, deliverer, father. He is your source.

Which brings me to the second thing:

You are loved, absolutely loved by this Saviour, the Christ. We know that in theory but do we really grasp the fullness of it? If you consider your life, where you stand and where you barely stood before, how He healed you, how He protects you (even though the physical eye may not always perceive it), you would fall on your knees in gratitude.

There is a Creator! And He is deeply interested in you. He longs for you. He cannot be satisfied until He has you, safe in His arms. To be loved by this Being, that is bigger than anything we know or can ever know- it’s overwhelming. It’s reason to say Thank You. It’s reason to put the games aside, to embrace Him. It’s reason to weep in sheer awe and gratitude with your heart bursting with joyful realization.

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