Being like the Leper

I would not consider myself an ungrateful person.  I am truly thankful for all God has provided for me in the ways of physical needs, spiritual needs, communal needs, etc.  I do not go around complaining (very often) BUT I also do not necessarily take a lot of time to let Him know how thankful I am. 

The other day I was reading in the gospel of Luke chapter 17, the story of the Ten Lepers.  Ten lepers came to Jesus and asked for mercy. So Jesus directed them to go and show themselves to the priest and as they went they were healed from all physical ailments.  Woo Hoo!!  I can’t even imagine how thankful they must have been.  Their lives were changed forever.  They were no longer the outcasts of society. But there was more in store to be thankful for, which we hear about in verses 15-17, “Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him…Jesus said to him, Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” His faith made him more then just physically well.  His thanksgiving brought him to eternal wellness because He recognized Jesus as his savior and had faith from that day on and trust in the Lord.  The leper took the time to live out his thanksgiving and not just hold it in.  He expressed it. He lived it!

I am learning right now what it means to live a life of thanksgiving in the good, bad and ugly. I am so quick to say, “O thanks Jesus” and then move on to what other needs or concerns I may have, like the nine lepers. I do not take the time to truly rejoice and live out the proper thanks to my Lord who has not only given me my earthly needs but my eternal ones as well.  I want to be just like the tenth Leper and LIVE FULLY a life of thanksgiving and not sell myself short like the other nine lepers.

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