I’m guessing my kids aren’t the only ones who haven’t quite grasped the art of appreciation just yet. I’ll never forget what happened on one of Carley’s birthdays when she was in elementary school. In an effort to save money, I decided to bake cupcakes for her class instead of buying them at the store. Gasp! Betty Crocker I am not. And as a busy mom, just finding time on a hectic Monday night to make the cupcakes was a challenge.
As I was preparing the cupcakes, Carley asked, “Did you get sprinkles?” I answered, “No…you didn’t tell me you wanted sprinkles”. “Awww…I really like sprinkles”, she responded with great disappointment.
It was too late for me to go to the store, and honestly, I was a little irritated that, instead of being thankful for the cupcakes, she was griping about the lack of sprinkles. Then, the next day when I brought a Happy Meal and the now-sprinkled cupcakes to her at school (my sweet co-worker, Darren, supplied me with sprinkles before I made my delivery) she griped at me for being 10 minutes late.
Needless to say, I left her school feeling pretty unappreciated. Before long though, I realized that I treat my own heavenly Father the same way. When I gripe about my house being not exactly how I’d like it, my kids being too hard to deal with, my job being too hard or my wallet being too empty, I’m really saying to God that I don’t appreciate his blessings. I’m choosing to focus on what God hasn’t given me and not the many things that He has. I’m so glad his grace is enough for my lack of gratitude!
If you recognize a lack of gratitude in your own life, then let’s commit today to turn our attention to what we have and not what we lack. And, let’s remember to regularly express our appreciation for the wealth of blessings that God has showered on each of us.