Thank God for your relationships especially the ones closest to you. These close relationships are often the ones we ignore the most. So this season, do not neglect the people that love you the most- reach out, call, make contact and restore broken relationships as necessary.
A friend shared this story with me and I would like to share the same with you today.
“One afternoon a shopper at the local mall felt the need for a coffee break. She bought herself a little bag of
cookies and put them in her shopping bag. She then got in line for coffee, found a place to sit at one of the
crowded tables, and then taking the lid off her coffee and taking out a magazine she began to sip her coffee and
read. Across the table from her a man sat reading a newspaper.
After a minute or two she reached out and took a cookie. As she did, the man seated across the table reached out
and took one too. This put her off, but she did not say anything.
A few moments later she took another cookie. Once again the man did so too. Now she was getting a bit upset, but
still she did not say anything. After having a couple of sips of coffee she once again took another cookie. So did the man.
She was really upset by this – especially since now only one cookie was left. Apparently the man also realized that only one cookie was left.
Before she could say anything he took it, broke it in half, offered half to her, and proceeded to eat the other half himself.
Then he smiled at her and,putting the paper under his arm, rose and walked off.
Was she steamed! Her coffee break ruined, already thinking ahead of how she would tell this offense to her family, she folded her magazine, opened her shopping bag,
and there discovered her own unopened bag of cookies.”
I like this story – it makes me think about how well God treats me even when I am not acting right.
To receive a gift and say, “Thank you,” is one of the noblest things a man can do. There is nothing small or trivial about it.
To say “Thank you” is to acknowledge that we have been given something we did not earn and do not deserve.
Happy is the man who understands that all of life is a gift of God and that life itself is the ultimate gift.
The Bible says, “In everything give thanks.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) When we can’t do anything else, we can always be grateful. As someone has said, “If you can’t be thankful for what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.”
As you spend time with family and friends, may the joy of the Lord, continue to be your strength, Amen.