Walter Astrada - photojournalist
this thought has surfaced my mind here and there the last few weeks...how we are undeserving, completely. We don't deserve to have a great husband, sweet baby, great parents, family, good friends, a roof over our heads, abundant food, etc, etc...the only reason we have it is by God's grace.
Today in my daily parenting email, some very relevant words:
Deut. 6:10-12: When the Lord your God brings you into... a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery (NIV).
- It is so easy to take credit for the good things we acquire. But, we must not forget (or let our children forget) that all of our material possessions are blessings that God, in His grace, allowed us to have.
- Despite what our culture may tell us, we have not earned our material blessings. There are others in less fortunate parts of the world who are far more deserving.
- Others have worked harder for less, yet still humbly accept the blessings God gives them as more than they deserve. (bolding mine)
- Humble yourself and thank God for the blessings He gives you.
(Parenting By Design, Chris & Michelle Groff)
man, oh man, how often i forget to humbly thank Him for what I, we, have.