“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” Ephesians 1:3-4 ESV
One day the Pastor of a medium size congregation arrived at the church building to be greeted by a grumbling janitor. The Pastor barely made it through the door when he was grabbed by the arm and taken to the nursery. The janitor began his rant about how the nursery had been left in shambles, how dirty diapers were everywhere, and how the garbage was overflowing. The Pastor quickly responded and said to the disgruntled janitor, “Do you see this messy room? This overflowing garbage can? These dirty diapers everywhere?” The janitor gave him a strange look. To which he continued, “Well, they tell me that we have children in our church and as long as we have children messing up this nursery, you have job security. So rather than complain about our blessings, let’s be thankful for their lives, and that because of them you have provision.”
How often do we grumble about what is actually our blessing? We get upset when the car breaks down, but the fact that it could break down says that we have a car. We murmur about how long or short a church service is, but the fact that we can murmur is an indication that we live in a society where we are free to express ourselves, and free to worship publicly at all. We gripe about a spouse being late, which indicates that we have a spouse and are not living a life of being alone. We get to be picky over tap water or bottled water, while many in the world do not even have clean drinking water. We moan about a meal in front of us, which indicates we are not really hungry, like so many throughout the world are. These are only a few small examples, but they are strong indicators of just how much we fail to see the blessings right in front of us.
As we continually demand more and more, could we as a society be missing many opportunities to celebrate our blessings and reasons to give thanks? Do you know that you are blessed? According to this verse, you have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. This is truly a reason to be grateful.
Could something as simple as gratitude really change our lives? I believe it can. You see, l believe the janitor lurks in all of us, if we do not guard our hearts.
It might be time to do an inventory of our lives and choose gratitude over attitude.
Today, I am grateful for a warm home on these cold days. I am thankful for the sound of children running through the sanctuary, and wish I heard the patter of those feet more often. I am blessed to live in the Country that I do and am so grateful for the leadership God has given to lead this land. I have been to enough countries to know, we are blessed. Today, I pray for a sensitive heart to begin to appreciate the things I so often take for granted.