Two old friends bumped into one another on the street one day.
One of them looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears.
His friend asked, "What has the world done to you, old friend?"
The sad fellow said, "Let me tell you.
Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars."
"That's a lot of money."
"But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin
I never knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand free and
"Sounds like you've been blessed..."
"You don't understand!" he interrupted.
"Last week my great aunt passed away. I inherited almost a quarter
of a million."
Now he was really confused. "Then why
do you look so glum?"
That's the trouble with receiving something on a regular basis.
Even if it is a gift, we eventually come to expect it. Someone
recentlysuggested to me a way to test someone's character. Give
him or her $5 a day for a month. Then stop, and see what their
reaction is. The natural tendency is that if you receive a gift
long enough, we come to view it as am entitlement. We feel hurt,
even angry, if we don't receive it any longer.
It's the same way with the Blessings
God gives me every day. I don't deserve the comfortable home
I live in, the beautiful mountains around me, the clean water
that I drink. But after receiving these gifts (and a multitude
of others) for years, I sometimes fail to be grateful. I've
come to expect these good things. And when one of them is removed
for a short while (like the water being cut off), I get upset.
Make an effort today to recognize the blessings you've come
to take for granted. Focus on what you have rather than on what
you don't have, and see if it doesn't improve your attitude.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the
Lord for His Goodness, and His Wonderful Works to the children
of men! Psalm 107:8