Infrequently Grateful

Posted on March 16, 2016 · Posted in Worldview

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This morning I awoke thinking about God’s gifts to me that so seldom come to my mind. In view of the rich bounty that God has lavished upon me, it struck me that while I am grateful, I am infrequently grateful.

Here just a few of these gifts and wonders:

I awoke in the presence of God and not in the depths of hell.
I have the honor of knowing that God knows who I am and loves me still.
I am secure, protected by the providence of God in the middle of human, political chaos.
I have seen that cancer has no ability to attack the faithfulness of God.
As I take my next breath, I know it is because this too is God’s gift to me.
I have one eye and one ear that don’t work very well, yet I am constantly stunned by the visual majesty of creation and the power of music.
I have the privilege of being thankful.
I know that my life is surrounded by eternity.
I am relieved I don’t have to trust my own understanding.
And I know that despite my desire to the contrary, I will remain infrequently grateful and still be loved by the One who became sin for me. Wow!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.