Words from the Heart for Monday October 10th, 2016
For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
1 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
Thankful for What We Have Received
We did not choose where we would be born, who our parents and siblings would be, and many other factors of our lives. The opportunities you have are a gift from God. Rather than boasting about what we have or what we have achieved, on this Thanksgiving Day, thank God for these good gifts!
Happy Thanksgiving! We have much for which to be thankful for here in Canada. According to an online list posted on the Headhunters.ca website, Canadians should be thankful that we are growing older here in this country. With twenty-two percent of Canadians now over 60 years old, it is encouraging that Canada currently ranks fifth in the 2015 Global AgeWatch index for the best countries in the world to grow old in. Factors like income security, civic freedom, social connectedness and average pension income all score well, suggesting older Canadian workers can be thankful too. In fact, Canada outperformed the US and the UK in this index, with those nations raking ninth and tenth, respectively. The article concludes “we, as a nation, have an enviable balance of competitive monetary policy, top-quality higher education, secure retirement prospects and economic freedom.”
I read once that pessimists see their glass half empty and optimists see their glass as half full. Then there are engineers who wonder why someone would design a glass twice as big as needed! Followers of Jesus are called to be optimists. We have experienced the love of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Because of this, we have come into a personal relationship with the God who provides every good and perfect gift. The result should be a life filled with thanksgiving. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:7: “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” Even in Paul’s day there were those within the Body of Christ who were grumblers and complainers and Paul hits their attitude head on. He would go on the next verse to remind them that they have been given everything they need. I wish that this wasn’t the case anymore within the family of God, but it is. So many never seem content with what they have, either spiritually or physically. Instead, we should focus on all that the Lord has provided for us and when we do a spirit of Thanksgiving will well up within us and the result will be overwhelming joy. You can experience that today on this thanksgiving day.
These have been words from the heart.