Give Thanks In ALL Things
Give Thank In ALL Things
Several times over the past several weeks, discussions have been had all over my Facebook wall about being thankful, even for the smallest things in our lives.
For example, who of you can say you are thankful for the toilets in your bathrooms? Or what about ice in your freezer? Pens and pencils to write with? Grass in your front yard? Sunflower seeds to snack on? What about the ability to make a “pinky promise” with someone? Can you be thankful for a hole in your son’s bedroom wall? Might we be thankful for all those Legos® that we step on in the middle of the night? Maybe you are thankful for more than one towel in your bathroom?
There is not one thing in our lives that we should not be thankful for. If you are not thankful today for toilets, pens, pencils, grass, sunflower seeds, “pinky promises”, holes in walls, Legos®, towels, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, you may not have these things for each new today.
And, now for a story of thankfulness …
**Though all names are names very well known in western culture, they do not represent anyone I know personally; in fact, as I was coming up with names, I went alphabetically.**
There was once two cars that approached the same stop light. The car on the left was driven by Arthur, and the car on the right, which pulled up next to a bus stop, was driven by Bob.
Arthur was driving a red Chevrolet Corvette- no dings, no dents, brand new right off the car lot, less than twenty miles, shined perfectly. Bob was driving a yellow Ford Festiva with one brown fender, a baseball-sized dent in the driver’s side door, a crack across the bottom half of the windshield, and four miss-matched tires.
Bob looked over at Arthur’s car and felt ashamed and embarrassed to be sitting in a dinged-up, pitiful-looking car, and said, “Man up a tree! I’d give anything to have such a fancy car instead of this thing I drive!”
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Bob, who waited for the street light to change with longing in his heart for a car that was much grander than his, Colin rode up next Bob’s car on a bicycle. You see, Colin, who did not have a car because he failed his driver’s license test, had to pedal a bicycle every day- five miles to work and five miles home. And, as Colin rode up next to Bob’s car, he looked at the banged-up old Festiva, and said, “Wowzers! That is one beat up car; but, at least the man driving it has it. I’d give anything to have car instead of riding this bicycle all the time!”
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Colin, who waited with longing for any car, between the Ford Festiva and the corner bus stop, Darrell approached the bus stop, on foot, to wait for a bus that would, no doubt, be five minutes late. You see, Darrell's wife had cancer, and, to escape some of the anger and bitterness he had, Darrell went out drinking one night and caused a terrible car accident. No one was seriously injured; but, Darrell lost his driver’s license. And, as Darrell approached the bus stop, next to Colin’s bicycle, he looked with longing at the bicycle, and said, “Whoa! A bicycle would be so much better than the bus. The bus is always late and always crowded. I’d give anything to have a bicycle instead of always, always, always waiting for the bus!”
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Darrell, as he was pouting about another day on the bus, Edward was sitting, in a wheelchair, on a second-story balcony that faced the street where the bus stop was located. It wasn’t Edward’s fault he was in a wheelchair. It wasn’t his wife’s fault either, though she was the one who wanted to go some rock climbing on their vacation the previous summer. As Edward was sitting, in his wheelchair, on the balcony, he looked down with longing in his heart at Darrell who was able to walk so freely and said, “Good grief, look how long that man’s strides are. I wonder if he realizes how graceful he walks. I’d give anything to have the use of my legs to walk again instead of having to sit in this wheelchair and have such limited mobility!”
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Edward, his wife, Fiona, was having a physical therapist at that moment work her legs that had not worked since the previous summer when she begged Edward to go rock climbing instead of staying at the swimming pool at the hotel, watched her husband wheel himself outside on the balcony, able to get some sun and watch what was happening in the world. The doctors had quit giving her hope that she would ever walk again because of the seriousness of her spinal cord injury, yet she continued to fight with the insurance companies to keep having the physical therapist come and work her legs; she wasn’t ready to give up hope … not yet. She turned her head to where her husband was sitting, and said, “Oh, to be able to just sit in a wheelchair, to be able to get out of bed, to be able to stretch my back, to be able to put any weight on my waist and hips, just to sit up; I’d give anything to be in a wheelchair instead of having to stay in this bed day in and day out!”
Moral of the story ...
Be thankful when you have much and be thankful when you have little, because you may have nothing otherwise tomorrow.
Ephesians 5:20--”Give thanks always concerning all things in the Name of our Adonai Yeshua ha-Meshiach, to Elohim, even Abba.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18--”Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of Elohim in Yeshua ha-Meshiach toward you.”
Zeh Hai Yom (This is the Day)
Zeh hai yom, zeh hai yom.
Asah Adonai, asah Adonai.
V’nishma cha, v’nishma cha.
Zeh hai yom asash Adonai.
N’agilah v’nishma cha.
Zeh hai yom, zeh hai yom.
This is the day, this is the day.
That the L-rd has made, that the L-rd has made.
We will rejoice, we will rejoice.
And be glad in it, and be glad in it.
This is the day that the L-rd has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.