November 16, 2016

Read Colossians 1:3-5
Like most parents, we taught our children early on to say, “Please” and “Thank you.”  Our son was especially good at remembering the magic words without being reminded, but when he went off to college, “thank you” took on a new meaning for him.  Away from everything and everyone familiar, he realized that so much of what he had always taken for granted were actually blessings.  One of my treasured memories is a text that he sent from the stands during the middle of an exciting SEC football game.  It was just a simple, “This is awesome!  Thank you so much for sending me here.”  In the midst of the hype, he got it.  He was experiencing a blessing - and he was thankful.
How often do we experience real blessings and take them for granted - or think that they are not enough?  Or maybe we compare our blessings to those of other people and feel that we’re coming up short.  Are we ever overwhelmed enough with thankfulness to stop in the middle of a blessing and thank Him? If you’re like me, the answer to that question is, “Not often enough.”  This week, be aware of your blessings, realizing that “every good and perfect gift is from above…”  (James 1:17)  And don’t forget to say, “Thank You.”