“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV
I have a good friend who plays the piano. She isn’t your typical pianist, though. She leads you right into the presence of the Lord as she plays. I remember sitting in a meeting one time where she was playing and I was thinking, “she is so gifted, I would love to be able to play the piano like that.” Before that thought was complete, I felt the rebuke of the Lord saying, “ be committed to practice like she does and you might play like her.”
We are so quick to assume that things just happen in life. Someone is good at something and it must be that they are over the top gifted. Yet, many of those gifted people display the type of ministry they do because they are committed to the gift that God gave them. We are a microwave generation. If we can’t do it fast, it isn’t going to happen. However, there are many things in life that won’t happen without commitment and dedication. We must be intentional.
This friend of mine would get up in the early hours of the morning when everyone else was sleeping and practice the same thing over and over again. She was dedicated both to the piano and to the Lord. Because she has been intentional God continues to use her immensely to lead people right into His presence. She knows how to make that instrument worship. It isn’t about the piano, it is about her intentionality and love for God.
She must continue to develop this gift if she is going to continue to overflow from it.
This is also true of gratitude. If we believe because we did a certain number of days focusing on gratitude that we will automatically become grateful, we are wrong. Gratitude must be something we commit our hearts to. Something we are intentional about, like practicing the piano. It will not come quick or easy, but the reward of being committed to it is the very presence of God Himself.
I am reminded that this is not a journey of a certain number of days but a journey of a lifetime with benefits that will go into the next life if I make this a priority. Gratitude is not an extra to add to our lives, but the overflowing character of someone who has been intentional in developing a reason to give thanks. Let’s be intentional. Gratitude will give us new eyes and hearts that release life.
Today I am grateful for the reminder that what I cherish I will work at. I realize that gratitude is not going to happen without making a decision to be a person who displays it. So, my heart seeks to be intentional. I do not want to be standing on the sidelines of life missing the riches that come to those who overflow with gratitude. Just maybe a genuine desire to be thankful might lead the way for others to pursue the same. Thank you Lord for confronting me with Truth.