Thankful to Christ for everyday things

Posted on December 12, 2016 · Posted in World View

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As I left my house to go the store tonight I was greeted by a brilliant view of Venus in the western sky. Then I looked to the east to catch an almost full moon rising above the trees. Both of these beautiful images were lit by the fierce light of the our Sun which had just slipped below horizon. And then I thanked Christ for his everyday gift of maintaining the continuous, controlled explosive power which fuels the Sun’s radiance.

Jesus Christ makes the blessings of everyday life possible. Most of the time I forget just how dependent I am upon his everyday sustaining care and power. He makes the Sun to shine. He actively gives you and me our next breath. He places authorities over us which maintain at least some degree of order in everyday life.

Christmas gifts are special. But so are the everyday gifts you receive from your Savior King. Make it a habit to thank him for the everyday gifts he gives you. Let your children hear your words of thanks. Being consciously thankful for Christ’s everyday gifts can change the way you think about life. This can be a deterrent to anger and discouragement.

Make the psalmist’s words your part of your everyday life:

“Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

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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.