I have a confession to make. I am an American. This might not come as a shock to you but it is true. Part of being American means I live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. This fact sometimes hinders me in my self reflections. James 1:17 states, “Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.” So as a Christian, I believe that all good things come from God. They are blessings from God.
Here is where it gets tricky for me. I am an American. I have a great job. I live in a house. I never go a day without food. A lot of these things I have obtained because of my actions of working and getting paid, then going out and purchasing these things.
Now, before you get upset, I am not trying to say that everything I have has not come from God. I am trying to show how it is difficult at times to remember that God is the giver of all Good things. At times, I forget to give God the credit for the blessings He has given me, because the blessing is a result of things I chose to do, but they are still a blessing from God.
If you are like me and have this same struggle. I think it is good to go back to the basics. What are the foundations of life and living that go unnoticed in our everyday lives. Then give God praise for those things.
I thank you for air and the ability to breath.
I thank you for a mind that can think and rationalize.
I thank you for the ability to move and talk.
I thank you for the ability to make choices.
I thank you for the skills I have that give me the ability to work and provide for my family.
I thank you for my family.
I thank you for saving me from my sin.
God may we live a life of constant thanksgiving. In the times that we forgive to give you praise, will you remind us of all the blessings you have give to us that we need to live from day to day. Thank you for sending your son to set us free from our lives of sin and destruction. Thank you for love us so deeply.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.