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On occasion I’m able to walk the beach and catch a sunrise. The beauty and magnificence of God’s artwork can take any one’s breath away.
I was especially reminded to never take something like this for granted by a young man who was visibly moved by what he was seeing. I happened to look up and as I made eye contact I noticed his tears. A bit embarrassed he began to apologize and I asked if everything was okay.
“Yes, everything is okay. I’m just so moved by what I’m seeing. The beauty of the sky over the ocean, the power of the waves … it’s just all so cool.”
That led to a conversation about God and His creative artwork and generosity and how blessed we are.
It hit me again that as we go about our daily lives, it’s too easy to take for granted so many of the blessings that God has placed into our lives.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down to us from our God our Father who created all the lights in the Heavens. He never changes like a shifting shadow.” James 1:17
Taking things for granted, can lead to a distorted perspective on what I think I deserve. It can turn to ingratitude and even grumbling about the way I think things always ought to be.
But it’s easy enough to counteract.
Every day thank God for being God and that He made you, loves you and has a purpose for you.
Every morning start out by listing at least three things you are thankful for. If possible do it out loud with your spouse, or children, or a co-worker.
Ask someone you’re spending time with to “bust” you if they hear you start to complain. When they do, immediately shift into a place of gratitude.
Do an occasional “stop-down” throughout the day and look for the things that you know you are taking for granted. Celebrate them as “gifts” from your Heavenly Father.
At night in bed before falling asleep, review the day and recall the difference it made when you showed appreciation instead of taking things for granted.
Taking beautiful sunrises for granted? Probably not. But imagine how different things could be if you treated ALL the other little blessings in life like a sunrise.