Happy Friday, Spurrers! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. I’m another year older since last Friday — golly the birthdays just keep coming, don’t they? Of course, every day is a gift. I won’t go as far as saying every wrinkle is a gift, but maybe that’s true as well.
This week I read an article about actress Julianne Moore. In it she claimed that she does not believe in God and that essentially she is “self-made.” Such claims invariably give me a sick feeling in my stomach because I believe life is ALL about gratitude and nothing evidences a lack of gratitude like a posture of “look what I did!” Jesus personified grace, but when he encountered proud, “self-made” types He was unambiguous.
“You fool,” God says in the parable Jesus told on the topic. “This very night your life will be demanded from you” (Luke 12:20).
We are not in control, no matter how much pompous pretending and proclaiming we may do. I am grateful to have friends — faithful spurrers — in my life who remind me of this truth and point me toward gratitude.
James, in writing about wisdom, remaining steadfast, and overcoming temptation, said “Do not be deceived…every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:16-17). Do you think wisdom might just be correlated with gratitude? Do you think a strong faith might grow best in a thankful heart? Do you think the ability to overcome temptation is hindered by gratitude or helped by it? Do you think James just happened to link all of these subjects together in the first few paragraphs of his letter? Of course not! There are all intertwined.
Gratitude is foundational — it’s a delicate little root that needs constant watering but promises incredible fruit. May I faithfully water my little seed by acknowledging that every gift is from above. When I wake up in the morning, may I be thankful. When I lay down to sleep, may I be thankful. May gratitude be the air I breathe each and every moment.
Can you make a list of five specific things that have happened already in 2015 for which you are thankful?
How can you be more intentional in acknowledging that every perfect gift is from God?