I spend the last 6 weeks in my own home country of Mexico; I went to visit family members that, in some cases, I haven’t seen for upwards of 10 years. In my travels, I witnessed the devastation the September earthquake had caused to my home state of Morelos. In many small towns, homes were damaged or completely destroyed. Furthermore, many residents were dependent on underground water wells, and some of these dried out after the earthquake. There were two weeks in my trip where my family and I did not have any running water. The government will send a small amount of water randomly, and then we would have to fill as many trashcans as we could. We would use that to wash dishes, flush down the toilet and take “showers.” Making matters worse, there were some really cold nights, the coldest night was 32 F and the houses are not heated. I came back home and even though it snowed close to a foot and the temperature is 23 F, I was happy to walk into my warm house and take a hot shower.
Sisters, this is the season where there are so many toys (for kids and adults) we can buy for each other or ourselves. Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with buying things; however, society (and advertising) pushes us towards ingratitude and that happiness will only come after we acquired product X. The Bible dictates that we should always be Grateful and Thankful to the Lord—with or without running water.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3: 15-17
Why should we always be thankful?
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
I ask everyone to pause from our daily seasonal craziness and really thank the Lord for all the gifts (spiritual and material) He has given us. This Christmas, let’s pray for our brothers and sisters that don’t have any running water or a warm place to call home. More importantly, let’s be vocally grateful to our Lord in the Circumstance we are in. Note that I said “IN the circumstances” not “FOR the circumstances”. I leave you with the following verse:
Luke 17:11-19The Message (MSG)
11-13 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”14-16 Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.17-19 Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.”