As much as our society talks about living life with a grateful heart, I’m not seeing it.
Think about it – whether you’re reading this on Facebook or Instagram, aren’t a good chunk of the posts you see in your feed all about warm fuzzy feelings of living life grateful or being thankful?
But has anything in the world news made you think, “Wow! Those social media memes are really working! There’s far less crime in my community now!”
See what I mean?
As much as we talk about being grateful, we should all be holding hands and singing “Kumbaya.”
But the reason we’re not is because at heart – we are selfish beings.
And it started generations before us!
Let’s go to approximately 600 BC (give or take a few decades).
Jeremiah 5:24 says, “They do not say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.’”
The passage is speaking of the Israelites, who caught up in their own selfish ways, took for granted the consistent weather and rain that God sent so their crops would grow.
It was expected and commonplace and as a result, they lost their sense of gratitude.
A few verses earlier, these people are described as being “foolish and senseless” who have “eyes that do not see” and “ears that do not hear.” (Jeremiah 5:21.)
In addition to a Prayer Prompt, I have a challenge today (and this is a challenge I’m participating in too!): let’s not pray a blanket “Thank You for everything, God” prayer.
Let’s get specific.
I.e., “Thank You, Lord, for the tomatoes that are ripening so beautifully! I look forward to fresh tomato sandwiches and homemade salsa and it’s thanks to the rain and sunshine You’ve provided that my family and I can enjoy them!”
Today, as you pray, ask God to help you live grateful.
Ask Him to open your eyes to the gifts and blessings around you.
Pray that you will feel a sense of awe and appreciation for all He’s blessed you with on a daily basis!