I’ve worked hard my entire life. I wasn’t handed any inheritance. What I have I have earned. But everything I have is from God. I came into this world in a naked body. When I leave, this body will be left behind six feet under. Everything I have earned has been earned but it all came from the grace of God.
Whenever we think more of ourselves, that we are special in any way for what we have done, that’s when we need to credit God for what he has given to us. And he gives us much more than the fleeting material things we wear, have in our closets and garages, and try so hard to get more of. God gives us love. If we don’t let all the material things blind us, we should see, and feel, the love that God gives each one of us. A love more precious than anything we can possibly own. It’s unconditional, unrelenting, and unbiased by person, color, religion, etc. It’s a love that is unequaled by anything we have.
I’ve had some success in life but the credit all goes to God. Without God I am lost. Whenever I start putting too much stock in my own abilities, as opposed to my God-given abilities, life gets cloudy. The sun always shines, as it does while I am writing this, when I acknowledge all that God has given to me.
We all have problems in our lives. Things don’t always go as planned—or as we want them to go. Life ebbs and flows. People close to us get sick, and some die. We get sick, and eventually will die. However, if every day we thank God for what we have—whatever that is—and understand that this life is a mere tune-up for eternity, the day gets brighter. And if we internalize that Jesus gave his life for each one of us, the light gets even brighter. It can become blinding!
Thank God. Literally. Stop for a moment to just say “thanks!” And have a GREAT day!