Every time I go to Texas to visit my family, my dad always takes the whole family out to eat. We enjoy great food and company together. When dinner is over my dad shows his unwavering generosity and handles the check for all present. This is the way it has been for years. I am in no means complaining…it’s wonderful! But I have found myself expecting it now…even though my dad has NO obligation to pay for me. He owes me nothing. I had this revelation at Kelly’s restaurant that I often expect God to do certain things. If I have an attitude that I am entitled to certain things from God it is easy to grow ungrateful for those things I do have and angry or bitter if there is something I feel I should have but don’t.
When I got married I expected to have children. After years of trying, I had to fight off feelings of anger and bitterness. I think we all expect some things from God: that our spouse will grow old with us, that our children are born healthy, that our children will outlive us, etc. When these things don’t work as WE see fit, feelings of resentment or disappointment towards God creep into our minds and hearts. This kind of attitude can completely diminish the whole concept of blessings.
In considering humanity’s fallen, imperfect, sinful nature I realized I/we deserve NOTHING from God. Everything that He designates as a gift to us is just that…a gift, a blessing. Blessings are underserved. Our lives, health, children, employment, etc. are all blessings given by God to be used for HIS purposes. Yes, these things are fleeting and sometimes we lose them after just a short time, but when suffering loss let’s be thankful for the time we were blessed with those things.
I am so thankful to my dad for all the wonderful family dinner dates. I pray I never take his generosity for granted. The same prayer also goes to my Lord. May I never take God’s blessings for granted and always be thankful for everything He has given me.