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March 19, 2010

Thankful for a Chair

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Sometimes we are so blessed that we forget some small things for which to give thanks.  I had overlooked this on an occasion . . .  well, I am sure on many occasions.  But let me share one with you.

When I was a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, a college friend and I rented a small house.  Small,  it was!  The house was approximately15 feet by 15 feet.  The bedroom was about nine feet by nine feet, so you can imagine the other dimensions.  It had a small space for sitting and eating, with a cooking area against the wall, and a bath.  The house sat on a hill, up off the ground on the downside of the hill with only some weak posts.  The wind in Ft. Worth would blow hard with a roar.  That small, unstable house would shake, squeak, and rock.   Our cots in the bedroom gave enough flexibility that we not fully aware of the movement of the structure.  Fortunately, we were  there only a few nights a week.

One night after we had gone to bed, we realized the wind was coming into the house.  We discovered that the front door had opened.  We closed it and went back to bed.  It was not long before we knew the door had opened again.  By now, we had figured it out.  That small structure would rock so much in the wind that the door would not stay locked and would come open.

My friend took a chair and placed it against the door to prevent it from opening again.  Evidently, I must have whined and complained about this old house.  In response to my remarks, he gave a reason to be thankful.  “As least we have a chair to put against the door,” he said.

Boy, had I overlooked the “small” blessing for which I should be thankful. In my complaining, I overlooked a reason to be thankful.  Maybe this is typical of many of us.  Some of us overlook all that we have to be thankful for.  People usually view life or situations from one perspective or another.  The glass is half full or half empty.  One has an attitude of gratitude while the other is negative.

Oh, how I desire a thankful attitude in all things.  There are no big or small blessings!  All that our Heavenly Father gives us is a blessing–not to be measured, but for which to be thankful.  Consider the chair . . . not the door that won’t stayed closed!  God  provides for all our needs.  We must see His provisions and be thankful.

“O Lord my God,I will give you thanks forever.”  (Psalm 30:12)  “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:18)



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