Giving thanks for the small things in life

A new day has come just as it always has since the beginning. This is as mundane an event as any, and yet witnessing a sunrise never fails to evoke awe in one who stops to enjoy the splendor of the created world for a moment. What a marvelous Lord we worship who has made all things visible and invisible! God brings everything into being and sustains it, upholding His creation in the course which He has ordained for it. Indeed, we have a world perfectly suited for our habitation, a world filled with natural wonders and irreplaceable beauty. The book of creation is wide open before our eyes and we read it daily.

Although our life in this world is a difficult path, a trail of tears, and often filled with suffering, yet there remains great joy and beauty in this life which God has provided for his people to enjoy. It is so easy to lose sight of this fact, thus it is good on occasion to reflect on the marvelous world in which we live, which even in its fallen state, exemplifies the craftsmanship of the creator. We inhabit a majestic and beautiful world, one in which “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Ps. 19:1.) Through His creation the Lord gives us a bounty of good things to enjoy. Indeed the simplest and most mundane things of life that we so often overlook, these too are a blessing from our creator. It is these little details of life, these minute aspects of reality that make our daily existence so rich. We owe our Lord a debt of gratitude even for these things. The Christian life is one of constant thanksgiving, and so it is good to remember to thank God for these little things as well. In doing so we may gain a greater appreciation for the ample blessings which God lavishes upon us in this life. Such blessings are a wonderful foretaste of our inheritance to come in the new heavens and new earth.  This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it.

JS

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  1. Samuel Watterson placed this article on his fb page. I placed the following response to this article on his page and wish to share it here too.
    Samuel Watterson, I read the article “Giving thanks for the small things in life”. Thank you for posting this. I believe God would like us to be in a thankful state of mind as often as possible. The following is from one of the many verses in the New Testament which make that very clear. “Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
    The Reformed faith is a faith that believes God is in control. He is sovereign. I am thankful to be a Presbyterian Protestant Christian and thankful I have by Gods grace been brought into the fold of the Reformed faith. We have all heard of ‘blessings in disguise.’ For the child of God, who is walking in the light, all things are blessings, even though they often appear in disguise. I now think the great secret of the Christian life is to learn to see through the disguises. I believe the theology of the Reformed faith helps one to begin to see through some of the disguises.
    Even when I can not comprehend some of the awful things that sometimes happen I know that God is not the author of “Evil”, but I also know through my faith that He is in control and for part of his plan of creation He allows evil to exist. When evil makes its horrible face appear it sometimes brings me as well as many others to have doubts.
    I was a practicing Roman Catholic all my life but found myself loosing faith; I could not believe I was good enough to merit salvation. Many terrible things were beginning to happen in my life. I mistakenly believed God was punishing me for being a dreadful and sinful person. Sadly Roman Catholicism still holds to the teaching of Justification by faith and works and not by faith alone as is taught in the scriptures. I left the RCC in 2006 but by Gods grace I did not give up completely. I believe God was guiding me all along. I began to explore what other Christian denominations said in regard to one who thinks he is loosing faith and may not be good enough to merit salvation. I explored and attended services at the Lutheran, Episcopal and Methodist congregations; after a long process I began reading the teachings of John Calvin in 2009. I joined an inquirers class at the Presbyterian church where I am now an active member. I remember what my Presbyterian mister said to me while I was inquiring about the Reformed faith and thinking of becoming a Presbyterian; I said to him, I was beginning to think I was loosing my faith because I had so many doubts. He responded to me “We walk by faith and not by sight”; he said doubt is not the opposite of faith, it is part of faith. I think that was one of the moments that sparked a sense in me and the experience of being “born again“. I think it was a catalyst in bringing Gods grace into my life and shortly after that I made my public affirmation of Christian faith as a Presbyterian.
    When I read what Paul wrote 2 Cor 5:7 ‘We walk by faith, not by sight.’ I asked myself ; “Am I a sight-walker or a faith-walker?” I also began to perceive that a faith-walker will see God’s hand in all things, and express that faith by continual thankfulness. When we thank God for all things, we acknowledge His sovereignty and love. We acknowledge that we trust Him to be a faithful father; to work through all things for our good. It pleases God when we do that. Often God is just waiting for us to thank Him for some unpleasant situation or problem, and then He removes it when we do, or shows us how it has worked for good. I realize now that God was allowing me to experience as part of my faith journey what I did in order to show me the truth. I can testify to all today that it is awesome and great to be a Protestant and know I am saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and no merit of mine. I am today thankful for all the good things God has placed in my life; I now give all praise an Glory to God alone. I look to the scriptures alone for the truth of the Gospel.
    I will bear witness that God has turned so many things around in my life since making my affirmation of faith as a Presbyterian . In four years I have been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren and I was saved from many of the terrible problems that were placed in my life by my wonderful sons, some family and good friends. My new home of faith, the First Presbyterian church of Manasquan also took an active role in restoring my life in many ways. I am forever grateful to all of them and to the God who made it all possible. I can also testify to all that as wonderful as the human mind is, it is woefully inadequate when it comes to understanding spiritual truths and the eternal workings of the Almighty. In retrospect we can often discern God’s wisdom in the things He does, but during the trials of our faith, we have to live by faith. And we express that faith by thanking God for all things.
    ~ Dudley Davis ~ July 15th 2013~

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