If we would regularly acknowledge the wonderful things God has done for us and the wonderful things God has given us, we would experience the reality of Proverbs 15:15b:

A cheerful heart has a continual feast.

When we are ungrateful, it is not because we lack blessings. All that is necessary for us to stop being thankful for a blessing--no matter how wonderful it is--is to have it for a long period of time without interruption.

Unfortunately, we become so accustomed to our blessings (our health, our jobs, our loved ones, etc.) that we don't acknowledge their significance: They are manifestations of the Father's love toward us.

Last year John Clem sent me this marvelous quote from Henry Ward Beecher:

If one should give me a dish of sand and tell me that there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes and search for them with my clumsy fingers and never detect them.

But let me take a magnet and sweep through that dish of sand, and that magnet would draw those tiny particles of iron to it through the power of the magnet's attraction.

The unthankful heart is like my finger in the sand, it discovers no mercies.

But let the thankful heart sweep through that day, and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find in every hour some heavenly blessing; only the iron in God's hand is gold.


Jamie Lash                     

(assisted by Brent Wallace)






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