Gratefulness. “For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need. You already have more access to God than you can handle. ” 1 Corinthians 4:7-8 MSG
This verse knocked me back and made me think for a while. It made me ponder on the things that I have not told God “thank you.” The everyday blessings that we take for granted. It reminded me of a day that I went on a little venting session about not getting something when I was supposed to get it, but thankfully I saw that I should be grateful that I am physically able to get it and financially able to afford it. We often get so caught up in things not going as planned that we forget that God loves us and means no harm to us. Therefore, we should be thankful that we even have the opportunity to be put in some of the excellent positions he puts us.
The verse hit on another major concern that I have had with myself and others. That concern is the idea of comparison and competition. When it all boils down, with who are you competing? God already told you He made you different. We were never intended to blend in; we were meant to stand out. Now observing someone to determine how you can achieve your own goal that you set with God is okay. However, it gets damaging when you limit your self-worth due to the thought that you lack something. With God, we never lack. The verse states that you already have all you need and anything you think that you need you can go to God through prayer and discuss it with him. Even in our darkest moments, we can be grateful for something. It’s hard to do, but it is possible. I encourage you to meditate on something you are thankful for every day. Therefore, when one of those dreary days come, you are prepared with the light that can brighten any darkness.
God, thank you. Simply, thank you. Forgive me for taking plenty of your blessings for granted. I love you.
In Jesus’ Name
Peace, Love, Joy, and Abundant Blessings