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Christ Cares About Me in Spite of Me (2 of 4)
Series: Reasons to Give Thanks
Many years ago, as the story is told, a devout king was disturbed by the ingratitude of his royal court. He prepared a large banquet for them. When the king and his royal guest were seated, by prearrangement, a beggar shuffled into the hall, sat down at the king's table, and gorged himself with the kings' food. Without saying a word, he left the room. The guests were furious and asked permission to seize the tramp and tear him limb from limb for his ingratitude.
The king replied, ''That beggar has done only once to an earthly king what each of you does three times each day to God. You sit there at the table and eat until you are satisfied. Then you walk away without recognizing God or expressing one word of thanks to him.
How often we can get so accustomed to the favor and blessing of life, that they become routine. They become an expectation that we anticipate because it's been this way for a while. It's so easy to become routine in the relationship that we forget to be truly thankful. Most often our emphasis of thankfulness revolves around what we have, what we possess, what we can hold, what we achieve, what we can touch. And rightfully so, that is a part of being thankful.
But one of the marks of thankfulness from the spiritually mature is to say, Lord I thank you for what you allowed me to escape. Lord, I thank you for what you kept me from saying or doing. Lord, I thank you how you how you saved me from the mistakes that I made that could have cost me more than I could ever repay. Lord, I thank you that when this happened, it was not as devastating as it could have been. Lord, I thank you that even though this delayed me, it did not destroy me. Sometimes I am more thankful for what the Lord did not allow than what he allowed, more thankful for what he detoured than what He let arrived.
There are blessing that He has given in spite of me, in spite of you ...
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