When I was a kid, before we ate our meals we, in the Reeves household, would always pray for our food. Sometimes my mom would ask us children if any of us wanted to pray. Then a little voice would pipe up "I want to!" As we all cringed, my brother would settle down to his business. He had a reputation for giving very long prayers because he would say "Thank You" for everything he could see. The swing set, the table, the dog, the tv..etc. Inevitably one of my parents would have to cut him off or we would have been sitting there for hours. It started out with my mom making him pray and so he did it as payback and then it just became a joke. He would volunteer simply to hear us all groan. Little did we know, that that little punk was teaching us all a lesson. Be Thankful. For everything you see. For everything you hear. For everything you have. Tonight I simply want to be thankful. There are so many things in our lives that we take for granted. Toilets, dish washers, air conditioning, heat, a roof over our heads, beds to sleep in, stores to go shopping in, clothes to put on our backs. Need I go on? I started a couple of months ago saying thank you for everything I use as I use it. When I am putting the dishes in the dish washer I say, "Thank you Lord for this dish washer." Or when I am taking a nice hot steamy shower, "Thank you Lord for this wonderful hot water." At first, it was more repetition then anything but after a while, it came straight from the heart. I began to say it with meaning and sincerity. The more I did it the more I began to be grateful for everything else in my life. Even the ones that are hard to accept. For example, the days where my husband has to work his two jobs can sometimes be trying and all I want is for him to come home. So, when these feelings begin to rise, I say "thank you" to God for my husbands drive and integrity to be able to work two jobs so I can stay home and raise our son. (Thank You hunny! I love you and I appriciate everything you do for our family!)
I pray as you go to bed tonight...that you will remember to tell Jesus "thank you". For even though it may seem simple, like a child saying a prayer for his food, He still loves to hear it.