Okay, admit it! Is that not the cutest little fruit ever?
These are called Seckel Pears and I bought a bag at Trader Joe’s this weekend to add to a tray of finger fruits and veggies…and they tasted so sweet and juicy.
If you can’t tell how small they are…here’s a little comparison.
A little thing worthy of bestowing thanks!
This past week, this verse has been invading my space and my life.
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
Ephesians 5: 20
As I have read this verse over and over, it has haunted me.
Do I give thanks at all times?
Do I give thanks for everything?
Yes, I give thanks for fun fruit and sunshine and a great parking place but do I give thanks for a dead battery or a bad hair day or burnt toast?
God says I am to give thanks for all things…not just one kind of thing. Being a thankful person as defined in scripture is all about picking pairs…sunshine and rain…the glorious colors of autumn and barren trees…joy and sorrow…dreams realized and dreams beyond grasping. It is not excluding the easy from the hard…it is picking both pairs and making that your life aim in Jesus’ name.
If I back up to the beginning of Ephesians 5…I find the place where true thankfulness arises:
Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].
And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. (v. 1,2)
From the first pages of scripture, God ascribed creation as good and pleasing. He esteemed it…He was thankful for it.
Regardless of the fact that He was all-knowing and knew that the earth would become polluted and that people would choose another way than His way.
Jesus was thankful enough for us that He would sacrifice His life for us to be freed from a life destined to be apart from God.
Thankfulness springs from walking in love…esteeming and delighting in something or someone.
Do I delight in others? In my family?
Do they know that I am thankful for them?
If I were to ask my family, what the last words they recall from my lips about them…would they be thankful words or nagging ones?
I fear that I often find what needs to be fixed instead of what needs to elevated in thankfulness.
Paul repeats himself :
Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
I Thess. 5: 18
We are to be active in giving thanks which swells from a thankful heart.
This will take practice. I don’t expect overnight success.
I was so thankful to be reminded of that this morning as the first line of my devotional said:
LEARN TO APPRECIATE DIFFICULT DAYS.
Today I choose to take hold of the pairs in my life as it seems everything in life has a twin although more fraternal than identical.
Let’s make it our aim to be ones that can give thanks…
let’s call it a day…