When You Are Blessed

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How do you respond when you are blessed? Do you respond gratefully when someone says something nice to you, or does something for you?

Picture a wife who spends two hours making a delicious meal for her husband because she wants to give him something special. The husband eats it without comment and then heads straight to the T.V. Or picture God answering prayers, as he did in the Bible when someone asked him for a longer life, but then 2 Chronicles 32:25 says that after this man’s answered prayer his “heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him.”

Why do we do that? Why do we ignore blessings? Maybe we think we are due these blessings. My wife should make me a two hour dinner every night, my parents should give me expensive gifts for my birthday. God should keep me healthy and safe. I deserve it and that’s their job.

Well aren’t you fun? No one is going to enjoy giving you anything if that’s your attitude. I suggest a different approach when you’re blessed: appreciate it. Be thankful. Otherwise your blessing can become a curse.

Doug Wells
Camden Avenue church of Christ
Parkersburg, WV

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