Friday, July 30, 2010

Thankful that I'll never run out of things to give thanks for...

One of my most favorite verses in Proverbs comes from chapter 3 verses 5-6.  This verse says "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Now I know the word "thanks" is not mentioned once there, but a HUGE part of "acknowledging Him" is giving thanks to Him.  To acknowledge someone is to recognize who they are, what they have done, your relationship to them, etc.  First of all, you don't acknowledge strangers in the same way you acknowledge your wife.  I mean, you might bump into a stranger and smile and say hello, but at that point, it won't go that much deeper.  But when you see your wife, your acknowledgement of her comes with so much more depth and meaning.  There's history, connections, memories, etc, that are tied to that acknowledgement, along with your understanding of who she is, what she means to you, how much you love her, etc.  In an even greater sense, then, that is how we ought to acknowledge God.  We recall all of His goodness.  We remember the cross.  We recognize that any and every good gift is from Him.

In other words, we are to be a thankful people.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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