Daily Devotional November 16, 2020

This past week, after three visits to doctors and two to the emergency room, Shannon had surgery.  It was a huge blessing and we expect that she will make a full recovery.

In the meantime, I am doing everything that Shannon usually does around the house, as well as working with the cows and horses.  While doing Shannon’s chores, I had an epiphany.

There would be days when I would come home from work and Shannon would say, “I know it doesn’t look like I’ve done anything but I’ve been working all day long.”  And being the devoted, terrified husband that I am, my response would always be, “Honey, I know you’ve been working hard.”  Then, unbeknownst to Shannon, I would glance around the house and wonder what she had done.  But I knew if I said anything, the violence would begin, so I kept those thoughts to myself.

Last week, because of Shannon’s surgery, I became Shannon.   As I rushed around doing all her chores, I quickly realized she works much harder than I do.  It was clear I had taken the vast majority of her efforts for granted.  This got me thinking.

If I take all that Shannon does for granted, do I do the same with God?  You bet.

As sad as it is to admit, there are times when I forget to be thankful for the innumerable gifts that God has placed in my life.  Most of the time, I take them for granted. 

Giving God thanks is the best way to frame a positive life.  It’s what sets everything in its proper order and gives a clear perspective in the midst of this stormy, troubling world.

So as you begin a new day, remember the words of David, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24)

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, there are times when I take all that you do for granted.  Please forgive me.  Remind me of your love and grace.  Fill me with joy and gratitude.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Don’t take God for granted.  Remember to give thanks and appreciate all that he has done.  This will give you the right orientation to deal with these confusing times.

Also, just for the record, I sure hope Shannon gets better soon.  I need to go back to work to get some rest.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins