© 2018 Bill Murphy
What do you give the one who has everything? Most of us have confronted this problem… but it no longer must be a problem. Let me suggest – giving that person appreciation.
We all want attention and appreciation. But if we’re honest, these 2 items are near the top of our want-list. True? So – this coming Christmas, birthday, anniversary, or for any gift-giving occasion, your problem is now solved… with a gift guaranteed to please. I know that I want to be appreciated! Don’t you?
There is another who also relishes our attention and appreciation… the one who most deserves it! But He often must settle for a once-a-week ‘I appreciate you’ session, where we express our attention and appreciation to Him. Yes, I’m speaking of our Heavenly Father!
I’m afraid that we tend to get so wrapped up in our busy lives, that we fail to see our lives in their proper perspective… that is: how our lives are related to His! We’re reminded that we should stop and ‘smell the roses.’ But that’s only a start.
The next clear night, go somewhere that the city lights don’t interfere… and look toward the heavens. Can you count the stars? No, there are far too many to count. And this is only the ones you can see. There are billions upon billions far beyond these. He created each and every one.
How large is this universe? The size is far beyond anything we can comprehend or imagine. How big is limitless? He created it all.
This creator is our God. Not only is He our creator, He is our Heavenly Father. Compared to Him, we are but speck of dust. And yet, amazing as it it, He knows each of us by name. Scripture tells us that He knows how many hairs are on your head! But more important than that… He loves you.
Yes, He wants our attention and our appreciation! But here is the most amazing thing about who WE are: When He created us, he could have created us to ‘automatically’ love Him, to automatically give Him our undivided attention and appreciation. But… He chose not to do so. Instead, He made us ‘like’ Himself… he gave our temporary, physical bodies an indwelling spirit… a spirit like He is! And He also gave us a will of our own… just as He has a will. And why did He do this? He did this because He did not want our lives to be controlled by instinct… not pre-programmed to be what He desired for us to be. That would have been too easy. That is the way He made all other animal life.
Instead… for us… He wanted us to be His CHILDREN, like unto Him, to be eternal, spiritual… children that He can call His own.
As a parent myself, my desire is that my children have an appreciation for what I am and for what I do and have done for them. I’m sure you can agree with this yourself.
It puts things into better perspective… when we see ourselves as HIS children!
If there was ever anyone who actually has everything… then it is God Himself! But does He really have it all? We have no problem with being constantly aware that we are dressed, fed, and breathing. So why do we think that we cannot be constantly and continually aware of Him, and of His rich blessings perpetually pouring down upon us!
A once a week pause to say, ‘thank you,’ is not nearly enough! Pause often – and Give Him the gift of appreciation. He deserves it! And… He desires it.