I remember years ago during a prayer meeting that a woman asked for prayer, devastated over the two week delay for a new dryer after hers had broken. I remember wondering how she could be so upset when I hadn’t had a dryer or washer for several years! Every Saturday I gathered laundry for a family of 5, stumbled out in the cold and off to the laundromat I went. I found her dryer problem trivial compared to the umbrella we had stashed by the toilet to keep the rain from dripping upon our heads from our leaking roof. God spoke to my heart during this time and I began to realize that while our problems seemed huge, there are always others who are worse off. I realized that to a homeless person my complaining over a “rain-forest” bathroom was trivial as they didn’t even have one… let alone a toilet. I learned to be thankful for the little things and not to take for granted the blessings I had in my life.
Wherever you may be today… no matter how great or small your Thanksgiving feasts… remember to offer up praise and thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings. The biggest blessings come not in material wealth or fortune but when our lives are touched by God through those around us.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
©By S. A. Tower 2012