Thank God for the Mundane
When I come before the Lord in thanksgiving, I’m often challenged in what to give thanks for. It seems preposterous and ungrateful of me to not be able to easily come up with a list, but I think I’m just conditioned to only look for those things that cross a certain threshold of blessing. Perhaps it is an unexpected bonus at work, the birth of a healthy child, or a blessing from our church family, we look for things that meet our qualification for giving thanks.
This is where I have come to learn a thing or two from our Jewish brothers. In Judaism, there are many prayers of thanksgiving that have to do with very simple, mundane things that we often take for granted – that we woke up in the morning, we can open our eyes and see, that we have clothes to wear, that we are a free people, the very fact that we are alive! They don’t take anything for granted but attribute everything to God’s favor and love towards mankind.
When we see how many practical, basic things in life that we are dependent upon God for, it becomes easy to thank Him in all things. Thank you Lord that the sun came up this morning, that I have air to breath, that you breathed your life into me!
I don’t want to only celebrate Thanksgiving as a single yearly event, but I want to live a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Paul tells us, “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess 5:18). Giving thanks doesn’t just have to do with the good or the bad in life, but in every aspect, however extraordinary or mundane.
Thank you Lord for fingers that allow me to type this blog. The possibilities are endless! As we give thanks in everything we will become more aware of the Lord and how much He loves us.