Taking Time to Think and Thank

J. D. Conley
February 24, 2013

People are busy, busy, busy. In many families both the husband and wife work, the kids are involved in sports and a host of other activities. If that is not enough there is always TV and the Internet to occupy any leftover time.

But there exists a dire need to take time on the important things of life. We need to think or meditate on the Word of God. David said "Blessed is the man... (whose) delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night" (Ps. 1:1,2). With all of the bad things happening in the world we need to take time to think about good things. Paul stressed this need when he wrote, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honesty whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Phi.4:8).

How often do you take the time to think about the good things God has done for you? James reminds us, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (Jas.l :17). Consider what Luke wrote about God's goodness, "Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness " (Acts 14:17).

How can we ever thank God unless we take the time to think about Him? May our prayer be the same as David's, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Ps. 103:1,2). "Bless" means to thank.

Pause to think about God's blessings while thanking Him for them. Take the time to do it now.