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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 5)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Thanksliving Day 5

“So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him. Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord. Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If someone stopped you on the street today and asked you what you are thankful for, how would you answer? Your home? Your church? In the reading for today, we are encouraged to thank God for EVERYTHING. But what does that include and how do we go about it?

I gave it some thought and here is what I came up with… Imagine this scenario: I go to work each day … I walk out my front door and turn to lock it. Now that door keeps me safe from the elements and from intruders, so I could thank God for my safety at home. I then walk to my car.. I can thank God for my feet which carry me there and for the shoes I have on my feet to protect them. I unlock my car, get in and turn the key in the ignition… I thank God for the car which, in turn, leads me to thank Him for the mechanic who keeps it running. My mechanic emigrated from Viet Nam so I can thank God for leading him to the US to open a repair shop so that he could be of service to me and to other customers. I drive my car to work while thanking God for the traffic signals that keep motorists and pedestrians safe. When I arrive at work, I ride the elevator to the 10th floor and I can thank God for the job I have which pays the bills and allows us to have a place to live. I could keep on going but you get my point.

We CAN thank God for everything. We just need to open our eyes to “follow the bouncing ball” so to speak and realize that all we have is a gift from God. As it reads in James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Gratitude In Action

What “little things” can you add to your gratitude list today? Maybe some of those little things will lead to bigger things and will make you realize that you have taken certain people in your life for granted (like the mechanic who keeps your car running???) Think of ways you can thank someone today.

Devotional Scripture

“So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to find out and do whatever the Lord wants you to. Don’t drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit and controlled by him. Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord. Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:15-20 Living Bible (TLB)

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at mommapfluegs@gmail.com.

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