Friday morning I sat eating my breakfast and was absolutely floored at the simple and profound truths in my devotion.
I’m currently reading One Thousand Gifts devotional by Ann Voskamp. (You can check out more from her here.)
The reading is based from Romans 1: 18-21, 28
” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the beginning of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him…as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.”
Perhaps like myself you have heard or read this from Romans. Voskamp quote another author Mark Buchanan, I had never heard it so perfectly asked and answered, What initially sparks God? The answer, Its not the sinfulness you’d think it’d be: It’s the thanklessness.
Wow. I don’t know about you, but that hit me like a ton of bricks. It’s my forgetting who God is, not acknowledging all the good gifts He gives me, and the overall ungratefulness of my heart that sickens Him.
It puts me in mind of raising children. God is a good Father who gives good gifts that are to overwhelm us and instead we behave and tantrum like ungrateful brats who wanted something else instead.
I sat there staring out the window thinking of my days on end of thanklessness. How long and oft have I taken gifts for granted? How often do I fail to give thanks for the love, people, blessings and on and on?
It’s the week of Thanksgiving so I believe our hearts are more keenly aware of the gifts around us. How do we take that all year long?
Voskamp’s wisdom is in listing gifts in your life everyday, “What could be simpler, more glorious, than doing what we were made for?”
You can follow her goal setting of one thousand gifts counted over a few months with ten a day or three each day to total 1000 in one year. The most important thing is to simply begin…
All weekend long I have been brewing on the thought of thankfulness and being intentional in remembering the good gifts all around me. Remembering the maker and giver of all good things. This quote from Buchanan rings true around us, “All the wickedness in the world begins with an act of forgetting.”
We can combat the wickedness in this world so clearly seen all around us by counting and praising God for all the good gifts he lavishes upon us. I pray this Thanksgiving God spark a new flame in us; a flame that doesn’t diminish, a flame that burns hard in gratefulness and a flame that catches fire of gratitude all around us.