I was perched on my hotel room bed early one morning before I got started taking care of my handicapped streets ministry dogs eating a banana when I thought, “this is the best banana I have ever had!” Oh, that banana was so marvelously delicious! Not unripe in the least, not overly ripe in the least. Absolutely perfect tasting. Sweet. No big bruises like some of them get. Just so incredibly tasty. An absolutely yummy way to start the day! That is when it dawned on me most assuredly not for the first time and most certainly not for the last. How much I take for granted to this very day right down to what to me that day tasted like the very best banana I had ever had!
The Lord has transformed me from an extremely self-centered, selfish, spoiled, whining, complaining, drama-queen of a lost and broken woman into a totally devoted and sold out follower of His who most of the time now is thankful and positive and joyful with my little stumbles and falls along the way and the necessary repentance to go along with it. But even with a vastly changed attitude and lifestyle, I still take for granted far too much. I truly believe forever will not be enough for all of us to say thank you to the Lord for His unfathomable love and goodness and utterly countless blessings each and every day of our lives! Even down to the seemingly smallest of things like a fantastically sweet banana!
Truth is that really wasn’t the best banana I had ever had nor likely the best I will ever have in the future. But it sure tasted like it that day. That day I took the time to be thankful for a blessing I would have ordinarily overlooked.
Will you join me, friend, in making a conscious effort to be more aware of God’s love, His goodness and greatness, His blessings and beauty, His glory and wonderfulness? Will you join me in practicing thanksgiving each and every day? And in striving not to take anything for granted when it comes to the Lord’s blessedness? Please join me in this!
Lord, thank you for every single blessing you have ever given me! Most especially for you and for forever with you and your Holy Spirit and the Bible! And oh, Father, for every single spiritual and physical blessing. I could go on and on and on! Please Lord forgive me and us all for anything we have ever taken for granted. Sad, Lord, it took a false religion I explored for a while and a retreat within it to help me to see how thankful I should be for every ounce of food I eat and for those who farm it and prepare it, and, oh, Lord, how much we neglect to thank you for so very much! Lord, I pray you would help us all to lead a lifestyle of praise and thanksgiving to you, dear Father! I love you with every ounce of me, Lord! Help us all to do the same! To love you, love you, love you and to thank you each and every day, AMEN!
“giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:20
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Psalm 100:4
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;” Colossians 4:2
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18