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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Thank You"

Thank You
“Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.”
Psalm 75:1

       In his autobiography, Breaking Barriers, syndicated columnist Carl Rowan tells about a teacher who greatly influenced his life.  Rowan relates:  Miss Thompson reached into her desk drawer and pulled out a piece of paper containing a quote attributed to Chicago architect Daniel Burnham.  I listened intently as she read: "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.  Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.  Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us."
      More than 30 years later, I gave a speech in which I said that Frances Thompson had given me a desperately needed belief in myself. A newspaper printed the story, and someone mailed the clipping to my beloved teacher.  She wrote me: "You have no idea what that newspaper story meant to me. For years, I endured my brother's arguments that I had wasted my life; that I should have married and had a family.  When I read that you gave me credit for helping to launch a marvelous career, I put the clipping in front of my brother.  After he'd read it, I said, 'You see, I didn't really waste my life, did I?'"
      Giving thanks to others puts significance on what they have done.  Think about what, where and who you are today, and reflect on those that helped to shape you.  Have you thanked them for what they did?  Is there someone from your past that feels as though they wasted their time and effort because they have not heard a “thank you” from you? They may never know the significance of their life unless they see the fruit of their labor in your life.
     Gratitude is an attitude of the heart.  It comes directly from our attitude towards God. In Romans 1, the condition of the Gentile world was corrupt.  They were abusing their own bodies, as well as filling the land with violence.  At the root of all that wickedness was the lack of thanks towards God.  Romans 1:21 deals with the great sin of ingratitude.
Make sure you take time to spend with God thanking Him for all His benefits.  Don’t let Jesus Christ feel His life was wasted on you.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving today! Count His blessings in your life.  It cheers the heart of God to hear His children come back like that lonely leper and thank Him for His marvelous works.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Study verses:  Ps 26:7; 50:14; 69:30; 95:2; 100:1,4; 107:22; 116:17; 147:7; Isa 51:3; Jer 30:19; Am 4:5; Jon 2:9; 2Co 4:15; 9:11; Phil 4:6; Col 2:7; 4:2; Re 7:12

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Previous devotions

"Walking In Truth" - November 17, 2010
"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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