Gratitude: The Greatest Of All Virtues

Cicero said, “Gratitude is the greatest of all virtues, and the parent of all the others.”     

        With that in mind, what are you thankful for today?  

        Yes, 2020 has been a challenging year.  But, we still have much… MUCH to be thankful for.  It’s easy for us to point out the things that are wrong in the world. It’s easy to point fingers and blame someone for something.  But instead of complaining… of blaming… of focusing on the negative, we should give thanks to God for the blessings of life.  

        In Luke 17, there is a story about a time when Jesus was was in a village and there were ten men who were lepers.  There was no cure for leprosy.  But when these men saw Jesus they cried out for Him to heal them.  The Bible says that Jesus told the men to go and show themselves to the priest.  As they turned to go to the priest, they were each healed.  

          At this point, you would think that all ten would come back and bow down to Jesus for healing them, right?  Instead, nine of the men moved along and only one man came back to thank Jesus.  Jesus asked, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?”  

         Ten lepers were cleansed, only one came back to thank Jesus.  This Thanksgiving, let’s learn a lesson from this story.  Be careful to give thanks to the Lord.   

         Folks, we exist because God put us here.  We owe our very existence to God.  Today and tomorrow, make time to contact people who have helped you and encouraged you.  Express gratitude for the blessings of life.  

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