When Gratitude Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

Key Verse: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

How many things we take for granted…you know, like walking.  It’s not guaranteed that we will have legs that function so well as to teach them to walk.  Like a voice; beautiful sounds come from carefully constructed chords and these resonances come in cries, songs, shouts, laughing.  Like typing this; I have hands that speak with my mind through memory and movement.  I can type quite well, but I can also cook with my hands for my family, comb my daughter’s hair, hold my son’s hand and wrap my entire arms around my husband in a sweet embrace.

So, a beautiful reminder of what has been given; have you tried not to use your sight by being blindfolded?  Have you ever done a three legged race with a friend? Have you had one hand tied behind your back? How about two?  It’s not so easy to navigate a room you have walked through time and time again when you can’t see and the race seems easy until you literally don’t have both of your good legs to rely on.  Oh yes, and how can you turn a page to your book or hold your sick little child or hug that friend hurting when you have no arms to do it with?  I am sure you have now pictured this all in your beautiful head.

Gratitude for that which we are never promised to begin or end with is long forgotten.  Do we really know what true thankfulness looks like?  Gratitude – a noun; meaning, the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciate for and to return kindness.  Hmmm?  Ready to show appreciation?  Really?  We have to show that we appreciate what has been given to us?  Like a thank you for a birthday gift or a hug for a trunk full of groceries for which we had no money to buy?  Who would have thought that a simple gesture of thanks would be possible.  Appreciation towards someone or something goes farther than repayment ever could.  It says that you truly understand what has been handed to you and that you accept a blessing from someone who did not have to give such in the first place, but chose to out of kindness and love.

God gave us so much.  He gave us lifeHe gave us the ability to move and work and love and hurt.  Above all He gave His only Son to die on a cross so that all His people could live and live fully.  What a gift!  I cannot say that I would be able to give my only son, my precious baby boy, to die so that more would live.  I am so selfish in that way.  My heart would burst and I honestly would rather give my own life than to have to hand over my son to death.  You feel me, don’t you?  Of course you do.  Even if you have not given birth to children of your own, you know exactly what I am saying because you do love someone so much that you would give your own life to spare theirs;  a love so rare.

My heart is this:  if just for a minute a day, we look to the heavens and say a simple “Thank You”, this life has been worth all the pain and happiness we have experienced.  Appreciation for what was given and was taken.  Gratitude for life and love.  Thankfulness for the ultimate act of love in the death of a perfect man on an imperfect cross made by sinners like us.

Lord, thank You for loving me so much.  I do not deserve all that has been given to me, but because You care for me so much You gave everything.  I do not say it enough, Thank You, and it does not seem like quite enough.  I love You, Lord. Amen.

Tara DeMaris

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children.  Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri.  Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies.  She loves to write and teach God's Word.  God put a desire in Tara's heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women.  Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children. Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri. Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies. She loves to write and teach God’s Word. God put a desire in Tara’s heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women. Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

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