Have you ever received a gift that you didn’t particularly like?
How did you respond?
Early in my marriage my husband surprised me with a blouse one day.
It was not in a colour that I appreciated, and so I proceeded to make that fact known.
Even now, I still regret my thoughtless remarks.
Had I focused less on the colour and more on the thoughtfulness behind the gift, I would have spared my husband the discomfort and myself the eventual embarrassment.
But what about the gifts God gives me?
What is my response?
Do I take them for granted?
Am I so inundated with them that I don’t even bother to thank Him?
Do I complain when what I get isn’t exactly what I want?
I have since learned to appreciate each and every gift I receive from my husband, or anyone else for that matter
Regardless of whether I like it or not, I am appreciative of the fact that the giver thought enough of me to spend the time, effort and money (most times) to get me something.
It should be no different with God.
James 1:17 (NIV) reminds us that, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father…”
There is nothing we can do that will make us deserving of God’s gracious gifts, yet He heaps them upon us unreservedly.
How can I but give Him thanks?
Lamentations 3:23 (NIV) tells us, “They (His mercies) are new every morning;”
Every time I open my eyes to a new day, I would be remiss if I were to take such a gift for granted. That God thought enough of me to wake me up once more is nothing short of humbling.
In gratefulness, I should respond by giving Him my all – my time, my devotion and my praise.
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6