Posts tagged ‘generosity’

February 3, 2011

This morning.

This morning I woke up in a warm bed, in a warm apartment, to the alarm going off on my Blackberry smartphone.  I woke up healthy and with air in my lungs.  I got out of bed and used a bathroom that has indoor plumbing.  Then I filled a tea kettle with clean water and turned on the gas stove with the turn of a dial.  I ground coffee beans with my new coffee grinder.  I poured cereal in a bowl and ate breakfast.  I drank my coffee with fat free half and half.  I sat on a comfortable couch with a roof over my head and opened up my expensive laptop.

Do I see how much I have to be thankful for in the above paragraph?  Do I also see how much I could very well do without?  Do I recognize the abundance?

I don’t say these things in an attempt to create guilt.  Really, I don’t.  But I needed to be reminded.  Maybe you needed to be reminded, too.  The apostle Paul said, “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:18).  My life should be filled with thanksgiving.  Not just for the material possessions I mentioned above, but for all things, and, above all, for Jesus.  Everything I have is a gift from God.  The more I cultivate a heart of thanksgiving, the more I recognize that, and the more apt I am to be generous with what I’ve been given.  Why?  Because I understand that it was never mine to begin with.  All I have, and all I am, is God’s.

The rich and the poor have a common bond,
The LORD is maker of them all.
Proverbs 22:2

For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.’
Deuteronomy 15:11

 What are you thankful for today?