We’ve all heard them talked about and we’ve all talked about them. “My family, the right to worship, good health,” Are common, correct and wonderful answers. These are special things never, ever to be overlooked. Maybe you’d say “Financial stability” or “A good education.” These too are great. But the bible says:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variables, neither shadow of turning.”
(James 1:17 kjv)
Every good gift. Every single thing. God created it all. Not just the big things. And therefore, he deserves to be thanked for every good gift. But, before you thank someone for a gift, you must first acknowledge it’s existence. Do you pay attention? Do you seek delight in all the perfect things God has sprinkled on this planet, in your life? Do you thank God for every breath you breath? Do you notice every bird that hatches? Do you really stop and smell the flowers?
No. God’s gifts are too plentiful to completely comprehend and spend time pondering, but we can all do better.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 niv)
I am all for thinking. Think! Think! Think! Don’t ever stop…keep your gears turning, but the bible actually states that God wants us to meditate on purity, ponder on excellence.
1. Notice all the good gifts. Maybe you could make a blessings list like I am!
2. Thank God for them all the time. I don’t do this but I am going to work on it and so should you.
3. Ponder on them. Drink up the truth. Think about holiness and chew it like a cow does! Over and over again. ;)