God: relishes thanks and appreciation….
Luke 17:15 (KJV) “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, “were there not tens cleansed, but where are the nine”?
It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from, many of us humans tend to be flaky when it comes to being grateful; we have a tendency to be forgetful very quickly and it is motivated by the immediate situations which we face at any given moment. Sometimes we don’t intend to be lackadaisical when it comes to saying “thank you”, but the needs we face more or less become our focus for attention.
Although at times that which someone does for us is greater than the next big event in our lives, we are geared to being self-centric. It is very perturbing to recognize that within myself and I desperately ask God to remove that bit of selfishness which can blind me to healthy relationships with others.
In our reading today, it points a bit toward what I just mentioned; Jesus happens upon these folks who had lifelong diseases amounting to death sentences facing them and they immediately recognized Him and knew what He was capable of bestowing upon them; He did not disappoint, but the bad thing is, in their lack of appreciation they walked away with a lesser blessing.
Jesus healed ten lepers, and only one observed the thanksgiving and appreciation for this blessed gift; the others went away with a healing; when Jesus saw the humility and thankfulness displayed by this one recipient, He not only pronounced the healing recognition, but this thankful man received a renewed and whole body and spirit.
What if today, you decide to be thankful for every good (and bad) thing which comes your way? It’s just a theory; maybe we can learn from this and recognize that there is a blessing and more grace when we acknowledge that a thankful spirit attracts resolution of the problem as well as wholeness.
Less talk and complain and more praise? That sounds about right if we can receive it.
New trivia: a king fasted for one of God’s beloved sons; who are these two individuals?