Recently, I read an article of a rich lawyer who was involved in a serious accident and even though this story was funny, it had a message of how we can sometimes loose our focus resulting in the loss of gratitude.
The article read: Mr. Jones, a well-established lawyer was involved in a serious accident at the intersection of Gucci and Zenith streets when his Mercedes collided with another car. Witnesses reported that Mr. Jones became very upset and exited confronting the other driver about the severe damage to his car. It was during the confrontation that the ambulance arrived and observed Mr. Jones was profusely bleeding from his left arm. The medic approaching the lawyer, brought to his attention the hurt to his arm and the need for immediate treatment. Looking at his arm, Mr. Jones loudly pronounced ”where’s my Rolex?”
Even though funny, this little article has a great message, that in life we can get so caught up in materialism, image, and self-awareness that we sometimes lose sight of others, in addition to the little, yet meaningful things in life. Have you noticed recently how many times you’ve been upset, agitated or annoyed sometimes over the smallest things? …..the length of time it may have taken you to get dressed; ….being so preoccupied with the meal you are about to feast upon that you say a short traditional prayer; …. the possible time on the internet shopping for the most updated outfit or item? Have we taken the time even if we are bleeding inside to think of all the reasons, we ought to be thankful? There are always so many reasons to complain and be upset everyday so it is a choice as to whether or not we will choose to be thankful (Philippians 4:4-9)
Being older, I recall a Hymn/song that I bemoaned as a kid. The senior members would joyfully sing “count your blessing…….name them one by one….and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. GO AHEAD…. since you may not know the melody, just try counting and enjoy that sweet surprise. By the way, don’t forget to include those not so good things as the Bible reminds us that in everything, we should give thanks because this is the will of God for us (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19). Here is one of my husbands favor passages: “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)
Study Passages: 2 Samuel 11:1-15God’s Family Structure: A Father’s Role
Proverbs 13:24, 22:6, 15; Ephesians 4:14, 6:1-2, 4; Colossians 3:21