So this morning before heading out for work, I started to have a tummy ache. It was so bad I almost cried.
Then I went to use the bathroom and I felt much better. In fact, I felt like telling everyone just how good I was feeling. I was feeling fulfilled, happy, and lighter. Still, in the euphoria of my successfully completed mission in the bathroom, I started to think of how I am going to tell my friend just how happy I am then I asked myself, ‘Why not thank God first’.
This task that you just did seamlessly, some people out there spend money to do it, some go through excruciating pain just to do it. But you didn’t have to go through anything or spend any money to do it.
So I started to thank God for making me do the number one and two seamlessly, then I realized that I am also breathing in oxygen for free and without any tubes in my mouth or nose. A lot of people have died this year because the hospital ran out of oxygen. I also realized that I could eat and drink without a problem, lift my arms, and walk without a problem.
There are people out there that can’t do these things or have to pay to do these things and I know I am not better than them, it just made me realize that I have been taking a lot of things for granted.
I have been asking God why I don’t have that new job, a car, a house, a new this and a new that when I could have used the time I used questioning God, to actually thank him for the not so little things He has done for me.
I remember when I was little — I was born with Myopia, so I have always not been able to see well— I’d squint my eyes just to see. People would call me Afin, the teasing became worse when I started using glasses and everyone would call me oju igo. I used to cry a lot and I’ll ask God why he let me be born with this eye problem. Every time I prayed, one of my prayer points used to be “God please let me stop using glasses and start seeing clearly”.
But as I grew older I realized that I have been ungrateful. There are people out there who are totally blind and they’ll give anything to see even if they have to use glasses.
The thing with most humans including me is that we do not appreciate God the way we should. We complain because we are driving 2003 Camry when our dream car is Range Rover 2018.
We complain because we want to live in a mansion but instead, we are living in a two bedroom flat, we complain because we want to become a manager but we are not getting that promotion yet.
Just know that there is someone out there who walks and is praying for that 2003 Camry, someone out there lives under the bridge and is praying to get a one-room apartment, someone out there who doesn’t have a job and is praying to have the type of your job.
I am not saying praying for a range rover is bad or wanting a mansion is wrong, but while praying for these things, remember to appreciate God for the Camry and the Two bedroom flat. Thank the Almighty God for providing it while you pray for something bigger and better. Appreciate God for the air you breathe, the food you eat, the roof over your head(even if it is not yours), the clothes on your body. Appreciate him for everything, never complain but Thank him.
Yoruba’s have a saying that “ti omode ba dupe ore ana, a gba omiran lola”. This simply means if a child says thanks for the gift/favor of yesterday, he’ll surely get another one tomorrow, and one of the most amazing things about our God is that all he needs from you is your praise and worship. Show your appreciation by worshipping him and singing praises unto his holy name.
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1)
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind (9) for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107: 8-9.
Thank you for reading, have a wonderful day. Do not forget to Thank God.
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