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Thankful

"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:15-18

Can you remember the first time you realized just how much God had forgiven you? I bet if you've been a follower of Jesus Christ for any length of time, you may have had this moment more than one time. But can you remember the first time? That first moment where you were filled with thankfulness for his undeserving gift of "grace?" And in return, the only thing you could offer God was an attitude of "thanksgiving?"

The more time you invest in regular thanksgiving to God, the more vibrant your relationship with him will be. You'll notice you'll be more focused on "unseen and eternal matters" and less focused on an "outer self that is wasting away." You'll also end up being less concerned about "momentary" issues and more on issues of "transient" concern. Regardless of what you currently have or don't have God's "grace extends" to you. And His grace cannot and will not be taken from you. As a result, finding your contentment in this position is to be genuinely thankful. So today enrichen your attitude and relationships with a great measure of thanksgiving.

DO THIS: Be thankful for something, and someone today by telling them "thanks."

PRAYER: God, thank you for what you have done and are doing in my life, but especially for the grace you have extended to me - a sinner.

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