THANKSgiving — The 10%

BY:   Darrell Crawford

E-MAIL ADDRESSdlcrawford1@comcast.net

BIBLE TEXT: Luke 17:16-17:  He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him and he was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? (from New International Version)

PERSONAL REFLECTIONI have been experiencing a season of “thankfulness.” I can say that I have never truly been here before. I was walking down the hallway in my house a month ago, and I thought of where I am in my journey and where I was in that journey. I dropped like a rock to the floor and wept like a baby in a spirit of thankfulness.

What has God done for you? Maybe he has not cured your leprosy, or restored you finances, or given you your selfish desires, but what has He done for you that would make you weep with thankfulness? I can help you. Two words should do it for a start: The Cross. 

Maybe the better question is, what have you done to attract His attention?  The leper in our text received attention for a simple act; he THREW himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. I love Jesus response. “WHERE ARE THE OTHER NINE?”  Does that sound like you? Are you in the 10% thankful club or are you still with the 90% not realizing what Jesus has truly done? Have you been like me and the other nine, just moving on with your life, thankless, expecting from God? So maybe you don’t think God is watching or taking notice of your life… not answering your cries. Learn from the text. WHERE ARE THE OTHER NINE?

Today or this week, I would challenge you to leave the majority — the 90% — and throw yourself at Jesus feet and find your thankful season. If you GIVE someone something, a child, a poor person, a friend, or relative or even a co-worker, and they say those precious words with sincerity — “thank you” —  how do you respond?  When thank you’s happen to me, and I know they are sincere, all I want to do is give them MORE! Do you think our heavenly Father responds like that? Count on it. It’s a key that unlocks the Kingdom of God into your life!  You can just read Darrell’s Day in the Life and say, “Aw, that’s nice. Glad thankfulness works for him,” and continue on your way with your nine friends. Choices in life.

PERSONAL APPLICATION: Life is the culmination of little things. Yes, major events happen, but life is truly about the small things, small choices — both good and bad. I encourage you to celebrate those little things with “thankfulness.” 

PRAYERThank you, Jesus. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Just a “thankful” citizen at Life Assembly for five years. Thankful for my new grandson, thankful for my wife,
my girls, my family, my friends, my seeds, my life and…my KING!

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