Thank You

Thank You:

Set amidst the rolling hills, picturesque valleys and mature woodlands are the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Located within a 320 acre country estate, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, we discovered a luxurious Scandinavian log cabin – nestled peacefully in 80 acres of long established mature woodland.

The woodland, frequented by pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, woodpeckers and so on – made our stay at the log cabin feel as if we were living in another world.

In addition, having daily access to a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna made our holiday extra special.

Here, at the country estate, we spent the past week overwhelmed with God’s goodness.

Recommended by friends, given as a gift by others, and provided with pocket money from another source, we are so thankful to those who so generously thought of us.

In fact, you’ll never know how thankful we are. Thanks guys.

But hey, wait a minute. Does this sound like an normal everyday experience to you? The many times when we receive but do we say thank you?

Okay, Rachel and I have had a brilliant autumn holiday – and now we’re back home.

But friends, as we enjoy our comfy homes – fitted out with what is more than adequate – let us not overlook the fact that many in this world do not have a home to go to.

What’s more, when we sit around our meal-times – surely we cannot fail to notice that some in this world will end their day empty-bellied!

In the western world, these materialistic things we expect – and undoubtedly take as a given. We assume that they will always be there!

Think of the moments when we’ve slickly rattled off the Lord’s Prayer, sometimes in a lackadaisical manner – and we’ve asked, “Keep us alive with three square meals,” or, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Yet, how often do we remember to thank Him for His everyday provisions which He so faithfully lavishes upon us?

After-all, He is the one who provides all we need.

It’s so easy to recite the good old prayer. Not so easy to show appreciation by saying thanks.

Know this friends, being a follower of Christ means to have a clear break with the old inconsiderate way of living.

Come on! Let’s choose to let our feelings of gratitude and appreciation lead us to live a more considerate life.

Ultimately, our intention is to have a round the clock determination to become like Christ, to take on His character: His compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

His life and His love are our standard for living.

Sure-enough, God wants a people of faith who are vibrantly and compassionately living in the real world.

In other words, it’s time to wake-up and smell the coffee!

For this reason, we serve, not out of arrogance or fear, but out of gratitude.

Each and every day, our speech should be full of thanks.

Yes, that’s right, we can never say thank you enough to those who have done so much for us – particularly to God.

And as we carefully adopt this mind-set, when giving thanks becomes an in-built part of our life – we will inevitably find that our attitude toward life will change.

God not only deserves praise, He deserves gratitude.

Colossians 3:16

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