There are some moments that thank you doesn't seem to cut it. If we took time to consider our lives more often I believe "thank you" would be more often on our lips.
We have food, water, shelter, homes, people who love us. For that alone we should be deeply grateful. Beyond that it gets ridiculous. We have education, TVs, cell phones, cars, vacations, soft beds, video games, movie theaters, playgrounds, libraries, gyms, churches, football stadiums, theme parks, books, first class medical care.... so of course we just shine with joy right? If only. It seems we more easily focus on the things that bother us, upset us, inconvenience us. We easily find ourselves complaining when all around us is comfort and luxury. We have a doctor- we have to wait too long- the copay is too high. We have a car- gas is too expensive- it has a dent that bothers us. We have a house- it's not as big as we wish it was- we want something nicer. Hmmmm. Why is that?
I do not mean to say there is not pain- deep pain in our lives. Certainly we see it all around. Yet, how much joy is missed while we are busy complaining? How much pain do we cause while we lust after things we should not have? What would our lives look like if we began to celebrate and recognize how deeply blessed we are?
As I look at my life right now I am overwhelmed with the blessings I see. I have done nothing worthy of the gifts God has poured out on my life. I am lavishly blessed. I long to be more purposeful in focusing on the joy given to me. Today- in my heart- thank you doesn't begin to be enough. Thank you doesn't cut it. Angel