Today’s lesson struck me like lightning on sand. It made crystal clear to me that being grateful does not mean taking your blessing and fleeing. It means going back and thanking or passing on your gratefulness.
Luke 17:14 says, “…and as they went, they were cleansed.” Imagine walking to a priest and as you go, your boils fall off, your scars heal, and your wounds mend. Take a moment and really ponder this. What if all your ailments were gone while GOING to a priest, not when you arrived. Imagine the shock on the face of the priest who had seen these men at their worst; now healed. And yet only ONE ( a Samaritan, a foreigner) came back to express his thanks. In fact he “…threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.” (Luke 17:15)
My take away? What have we done in our daily lives that reflects what the Samaritan did? Are you (me) a giver or a taker? Do we give thanks for the blessing we have everyday, or do we take that blessing, and then repeat the same mistakes?
Pastor asked, “Don’t you want to be whole?” Yes! Yes, I do and we all should want to be whole. The Bible to me isn’t just a one way source. You can’t expect to read and be whole, you have to apply. So, what I encourage us all to do is not only read the Bible, but annotate (make notes), and apply what you read. This week, thank people who bless you. No matter how small, or large thank the people in your life who support, and love you, and most importantly thank God for all you have.
I enjoy learning new things, and in my spare time I like to read, dance, hang out with friends, and eat at new restaurants.