Gratitude

Yesterday I was griping and complaining.

Poor ole me had to stand on a long line at Port Authority. I was annoyed because I had left early from work to get home and do laundry. I was beside myself because “my” plan wasn’t working out.

While I was waiting for the line to move, I started scanning through Facebook. I came across a status update regarding someone in another country who works seven days from 8:30am until 8:00pm for only $3.00 a week. I was immediately convicted. 

Here I was complaining, but I have so much to be grateful for. 

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This morning I started thinking about how big God is. I had this moment at rush hour where I saw humans as little specks or ants. We don’t want to see ourselves as small. Our ego and pride gets in the way of allowing us to see our true state.

We think we are bigger and mightier than we are. But we are not. We are frail, we are weak and we are powerless. 

I can see your grimace…  It hurts doesn’t it?

Yes, it hurts our flesh because we long to matter, to have significance and make a mark in this world. The fact that we don’t have as much control as we think, terrifies us.

The Apostle Paul says, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

What a contradiction from what the world tells us. The world tells us to be strong and not to show weakness. 

However, the truth is, when we surrender and reach the end of ourselves, is when God’s power is made manifest. (Romans 8:11)

Let me give you an example. While I was in physical therapy today. I started trying to help out my physical therapist. He starts laughing and says, “Hey, stop being so independent, you are messing things up here.”  I have a bad habit of meddling and trying to help, instead of allowing others to do their job.

Guess what? This is exactly what we do with the Holy Spirit. We try to help Him out. In the process of trying to help Him out, we mess things up. We get in the way of allowing Him to do what He does best.

Today I am grateful for Jesus, all His blessings and provisions. 

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.  

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.” (Philippians 2:13-15)

In conclusion, I am remembering and praying for all the families today.

What are you grateful for?

  • Thank you for reminding me that I have much to be grateful for – a loving Savior & friend, my family & friends, a good job, a home full of stuff, a car.

  • Mr. B

    Hey Ordinary servant. I am grateful for the extraordinary blessing you continue to be as a Wife, and Mother in our family.

    • Thanks B, I appreciate it. I am grateful for you too. 🙂

  • Gratitude can do so much for a tense situation or a shaky relationship. Try as you might, it’s tough to show “attitude” toward someone when you’re too busy showing them “gratitude.”

    I’m thankful for Jesus. Because of Him, I should have no complaints!