Do You Expect to be Blessed?
Thanksgiving was a wonderful time for recognizing God’s blessings on us and all He provides for us. Good food, family and fun, yes another would be football, make Thanksgiving a truly blessed time. Now we turn our attention to the Christmas holidays. Though we try to focus on the incredible gift of God’s Son, Christmas is another time of food, family and fun. There’s nothing like watching the excitement of the children opening their gifts on Christmas day.
Sometimes I think we take the blessings and the gifts for granted. It seems like we almost expect the blessings. This story from Cary Schmidt’s Encouraging Words illustrates this well.
Two old friends met each other on the street one day. One looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my old friend?”
The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you: three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.”
“That’s a lot of money.”
“But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand dollars, free and clear.”
“Sounds to me that you’ve been very blessed.”
“You don’t understand!” he interrupted. “Last week my great-aunt passed away. I inherited almost a quarter of a million from her.”
Now the man’s friend was really confused. “Then, why do you look so glum?”
Sometimes we take for granted the many blessings we have. Then when we don’t believe we are getting what we deserve or our lives are not seeming to be blessed, we get discouraged, unhappy and even angry.
The point of this is that we should be thankful at all times. Psalm 147:7, Colossians 3:15 and 1 Chronicles 29:12-14 are just a few of the verses that speak to being thankful with no qualifiers. Not just when we are receiving blessings but when we aren’t.
It is important that we as parents model and reflect to our children that we are always in God’s favor, that He loves us and knows what is best for us. In that way, our children won’t come away with the belief that they should expect a steady stream of blessings and gifts. That regardless of how life is at the time, we are truly blessed.