Like most mornings, I started today with a cup of coffee and my Bible. While I was reading, I thought about God’s wonderful deeds for mankind, and my lack of gratitude:
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
This morning I give thanks to these people I’ve never met:
- Thomas Edison for the light that shines about my head.
- Benjamin Franklin for the glasses I wear.
- The Wright brothers and their work in the field of aviation.
- Charles Babbage, the Father of Computers
- James Watt for his inventive mind that gave us the steam engine.
- Alexander Bell who gave the first truly functional telephone.
- Galileo because his genius improved accuracy of the compass; without which I’d still be lost in the wilderness.
- Henry Ford and his “moving assembly line” which allowed for the mass production of automobiles.
- Willis Carrier for the air conditioning that I enjoy during the hot and humid summer days.
Expressing gratitude and giving thanks are themes that run throughout the pages of the Bible. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: I thank God . . . as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day (1:3).
I encourage you to mimic Paul: Take some time today to reflect on the past year; express your gratitude, and say thanks to those who have helped you along the way and made your life a little easier.