What do you have that you did not receive?
1 Corinthians 4.7
I know a man who has lived with an inoperable and incurable cancer. When first diagnosed, he was given months to live. By God's grace, he has lived years. Today he is on hospice and is slowly getting weaker. No one but God knows how long he has left. It could be days, weeks or months, but I think he has run out of years.
Over the years, we have met periodically to share our stories, encourage one another, wrestle with problems and frustrations, joke with each other, and challenge each other. From the beginning of our relationship, he has repeatedly articulated to me an important phrase: "I am so blessed, Timmy, so blessed." Though my friend has endured frustrations, chronic pain, disappointments and a sick body, he has lived with a deep sense of gratitude because he knows his life is a gift.
One of the reasons I love Thanksgiving Day is that we have an annual reminder of God's unending grace. Everything we have is a gift. All that we enjoy, every beat of our hearts, every morsel of food, every breath we inhale, every person we encounter—everything is a gift from God. He is not obligated to give us what we have, but does it out of a generous and gracious heart.
May God grant us the humility and the faith to see that all we have, we have received. And may this sense of God's grace toward us give us a deep thanksgiving to God, who is the giver of all good things.