An Attitude of Gratitude

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
1 Timothy 6:6–8

Most of us need far less than we have to survive. We’re blessed to have homes, food, heating and cooling, electricity, and clothing. And even though our culture often encourages us to accumulate material possessions and wealth, the reality remains the same for all of us. When we die and our mortal bodies expire, we cannot take anything with us—not one dollar, donut, or designer handbag. We entered the world without any possessions, and we will leave it the same way.

With this awareness before us, we can once again be reminded to take nothing for granted. Everything we have is a gift of God. He asks us to be stewards, not owners, and to enjoy his blessings without being consumed by them. When we maintain this openhanded attitude of gratitude, we take nothing for granted.

Today, notice the many blessings that you typically take for granted—things such as clean water, fresh food, a warm bed, and people who love you.

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Pray: “Dear God, I know all good gifts come from you. I’m overwhelmed by the many ways you bless me. Help me to notice my blessings and take nothing for granted.”

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