Do you think that God expects too much of you?  All those commandments.  Do this…don’t do that.  Watch your step.  Easy to fall through the cracks.  I become discouraged when I realize all the godly expectations that I fall short of.  Not even close.  Have to be honest in saying how little of the Lord I see in myself even after being a Christian for a long time.  No, I am not Methusaleh!

Reading Psalm 50, two verses tug at my heart.  Encouraging words…about a simple life of faith.  Life that’s more about a relationship with the Lord than measuring how we’re doing on the performance scale.  Verse 14–‘Sacrifice thank offerings to God…’  Saying ‘thank you’.  Too much to ask of us?  Not such a big deal!

Being grateful to God.  Being content with what we have and where we are in life.  Not passive or lazy, but mature and secure in contentment.  Ambitious without being narcissistically aggressive.  Thanksgiving Day… every day.  Doing all we say we’re going to do–‘…fulfilling your vows to the Most High'(v. 14).

How many times do we thank the Lord for this-or-that during our day?   I lag behind, not being grateful enough.  Should come natural.  Almost without effort.  I eat three meals a day.  Breathe all the time without even thinking about it.  My heart has beat for decades now and can go on for up to three more, if I’m like my Uncle Harold or Aunt Margaret.

So much to be thankful for.  Such a big deal?  Don’t think so.  You might wonder if you but count how many times in our day we pause to say ‘thank you, Lord’.  Should we start thanking Him right now?  Let’s do it!  You and me, together.  What a good idea–thanks!

Prayer:  We bring the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, our Lord.  For all you are and all you do for us.  Most of all, we thank you for your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.  In His name.  Amen.

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