Luke 17:11-19 (15)
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” (NLT)
A teacher told her nursery class to draw a picture of anything they were grateful for. While others drew toys and sweeties, a boy sketched a hand! This made the entire class laugh because they couldn’t understand why he drew the hand. But when the class teacher asked whose hand it was, the boy whispered, “It’s yours, teacher. You always held my hands and supported me in my learning.” When others focused on the goodies, the boy thought deeply to appreciate the little ways the teacher had helped all the students. What a heart of appreciation!
Gratitude must not be something we do only when we receive large gifts or experience miracles. Instead, gratitude should be a consistent attitude of the mind (Psalms 34:1). Examining the actions of the ten lepers in our Bible reading, just one person returned to thank Jesus because he knew what it took to get healing. This act of appreciation brought perfection to the leper’s testimony.
Beloved, don’t take the grace of God and even the minor provisions you enjoy for granted. Things like breathing, thinking, walking, sleeping, friendship, the ability to hunger and thirst, and using the toilet are God’s blessings. Like the nursery schoolboy, be thankful to God and celebrate those who are valuable to your life’s journey. The more you are grateful for the small things, the bigger you receive from God.
Hymn: Count Your Blessings – Johnson Oatman (1897)
- Think and write out the little blessings as you praise God wholeheartedly.
- Father, by Your power, I refuse to embark on a project or journey of no return!
- Glory and favour of God, envelope and overshadow my life, family, nation, and the Church.
- Every conscious and deliberate boundary set by my ancestry to limit my star, break!
MAKE IT A PRAISE-FILLED WEEKEND
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