I’ve been writing so incredibly much over the past few days that I am extra thankful for the little break I just took on this chilly southern late fall morning to walk my special needs ministry dog Gracie and to gulp in some fresh air. To my great surprise the sun is shining brightly which I simply didn’t expect. I felt a little glee in my heart about the sun, felt a little disappointed I won’t be out in it much today because I am compelled to press on in writing this book today, then realized something important I feel I need to share with you and hurried back inside – to WRITE!
I am 54 years old. Fifty-four times 365 is a whole lot of days, weeks, months, and years I have lived so far. Honestly, for most of those days – and years – as much as I LOVE sunshine and especially WARM sunshine and most especially WARM SUNSHINE on or near the beach, I have taken the sun for granted for most of my life! I assumed it would always be there, and that when it didn’t appear because of clouds and rain and such I assumed it would return eventually. But almost never in all these years have I thought to think, feel, and say, THANK YOU LORD FOR THE SUNSHINE! Hallelujah, PRAISE YOU GOD for the sun! And for every other blessing you, God, have ever given me and every other human being on this earth. Oh, thank you God!
What do you suppose would happen if all of us on earth stopped taking God’s blessings for granted, overlooking His goodness, and forgetting and neglecting to praise Him? And started making a really big really conscious effort to live a lifestyle of total devotion to God – including THANKSGIVING – for the rest of our lives and forevermore? Can you imagine how much this would delight the Lord? I so want to be much more humble, be much more joyful, be much more loving, be much more praising and thanking God for every single breath & blessing God gives me. You, too, friend?
“Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.” Psalms 148:3
“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.” Psalms 113:3