“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
-Ephesians 1:16 (NIV)
We ask things of God all the time. We want that boy or girl to like us. We want that raise at work. We want to pass the test that we forgot to study for. We begin our prayers with, “God, please help me today with…”
I’m not saying it’s bad that we do this. God wants to help us. It’s important though to remember that, while it’s okay to ask God for things, it’s just as important to thank God for the blessings he’s already poured out on us. Sometimes we get so busy thinking about what we need to keep going, we forget what God has given us to get us to where we are. We forget to thank him for the best friend that listens to us as we go on and on about the cute boy or girl in class. We forget about the extra credit we got on the last quiz that boosted our score up a letter grade. We forget about how pretty the sky looked on the way to class that morning.
Don’t let being forgetful become a habit. Come to God as a child and see the good in everything. Now, what do we say?
And just in case you need some more examples of God’s everyday gifts…