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Sundown Devotional: Thankful for Little Pieces

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

We manage better when we’re grateful,

We manage better when we’re grateful,

The Devotional

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he [Jesus] gave thanks and broke the loaves. (Matthew 14: 19)

Have you ever been in a situation where your supply was too little? Not enough? Jesus, in a somewhat similar circumstance, gave thanks and then broke the small amount there was, into smaller pieces. While sharing with thousands of people, not-enough converted to more-than-enough, and everyone was satisfied (verses 20,21) with pieces. When God provides only a little, it may be that it takes only that little, for Him to fulfill His purpose.

We might have begun with a petition for more, but Jesus began with an expression of thanks. If we think that the little which God gives us is only for us, we may become selfish and ungrateful. If we understand that we are stewards of whatever He provides, we will focus on the purpose, not the size, of His provision. The thanks we give for little will be as genuine as we give for much.

We usually plan our thanksgiving for the end of the journey, for the achievement of some large goal, for the time when all the family members can gather for the celebration. Meanwhile, we neglect to say thanks for the little steps leading up to the outcome. Psychologists agree that gratitude increases physical and mental health, resilience, self-confidence and other virtues which improve our performance. We manage better when we’re grateful, so why not say thanks for every little piece of progress?

Our attitude of gratitude for little pieces will encourage us to say thanks more often; not only to God, but also to people who extend little pieces of courtesy, share little pieces of information, give little pieces of advice. We will say thanks to many more people, who will learn from us to say thanks to many more people. There is a world full of joy to be found and shared, in little pieces. It takes one small step, one thankful expression, to begin our new adventure of intentional gratitude for little things.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Giver of all good gifts, please accept our equal thanks for both the little and the large. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Text credit: Antonio Smith (paraphrase)

Text credit: Antonio Smith (paraphrase)

Quotes on Gratitude for Little Things

  1. A little "thank you" that you will say to someone for a "little favour" shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen "greater favours". ― Israelmore Ayivor
  2. Genuine gratitude helps us to see the little things in life that are often overlooked, yet so precious. ― Dana Arcuri
  3. I press the elevator button and am thankful that it arrives quickly. . . I get out and am thankful that Julie left the door unlocked so I don't have to rummage for my King Kong key ring. . . I’ve never before been so aware of . . . the thousands of things that go right every day. ― A.J. Jacobs
  4. Writing has become . . . a way to express my feelings and pour my entire soul into the pages of my books. Thank God for . . . the little things that make way for us to escape reality and enter new worlds that we create. ― Nina Jean Slack
  5. Be thankful for the rain. . . Nothing grows, nothing moves forward without a little rain now and then. ― Sarah M. Anderson
  6. I thank Thee for the temporal blessings of this world —the refreshing air, the light of the sun, the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes, the dwelling that shelters, the sleep that gives rest . . . family, kindred, friends. ― Anonymous, Puritan Prayers
  7. No matter how little you have, there are things to be thankful for. Being grateful is an attack on self-pity. ― Alex Uwajeh
  8. Sometimes nice things happen to good people. . . it’s up to the good people to just say ‘thank you,’ and move on. ― Hanya Yanagihara
  9. It is a wonderful thing to see a person with the power of God in his life. He says, “Thank you,” for things we would not consider even mentioning. . . knowing that all things are given to him by God. ― Dan DeHaan
  10. God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!" . . . And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around. . . Thank you for the honor! ― Kurt Vonnegut
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