WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
“they received their food with glad and generous hearts”
Acts 2:46 ESV
BOLD GRATEFUL MISSION
Two men were walking through a pasture and spotted an enraged bull. They instantly darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit and it was soon apparent they wouldn’t make it in time. Terrified, one shouted to the other, “Can you pray, John? We’re not going to make it!” John answered, “I don’t know how to pray.” “You have to!” panted his companion. “The bull is catching up to us.” “All right,” agreed John. Then he prayed the only prayer he knew, one he had heard his father pray often at the dinner table: ‘O Lord, for what we are about to receive, make us truly thankful.'”
Paul does tell us to give thanks in all things. Counting our blessings during the difficult times of life is a good habit to start. It will keep us from losing faith and developing a negative attitude. But even as important as being truly thankful, it is necessary to act truly thankful. The early church was grateful to God for His mercy and it led them to bold praise and bold generosity.
Italian actor, director, singer-songwriter and poet Roberto Benigni believed in the importance of acting thankful. Benigni won the 1998 Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the film “Life Is Beautiful.” In his joy at receiving the honor, he danced over the tops of chairs and leaped up on stage, applauding the audience. Benigni believed that it was a sign of mediocrity when one demonstrated gratitude with moderation.
How are you at showing your gratitude to God and others? Would your gratitude toward God be described as bold or mediocre? Most of us aren’t the climb over the top of chairs kind of people, unless our team is winning. But does your passion for showing gratitude toward God at least match your passion for other people and things? Ask God to help you grow in showing your gratitude toward Him and others.