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  • G.W. Bill Elliott, Jr

The Sight of Thankfulness

It would be nice to actually 'see' thankfulness, to have a visual representation of it... we'd all probably have pictures on our walls of it, photos on our phones, ornaments around our homes, and other tangible items that remind us of what thankfulness looks like.  But, today's devotional is not about what thankfulness actually looks like; afterall, it's not actually tangible, it's not something you can touch, hold, or grasp.

Thankfullness is an attitude, it's a quality of your personality, and it is certainly a perspective of life around you.  Remember, Colossians 3:15 states; "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.", which is an admonition that when you combine the peace of God ruling in your heart (not only during holiday times) and a thankful spirit, His grace will spill over in your life, His love will be your love, and especially His sight will be your sight!

As we look on this life with a thankful perspective, His blessings will allow you to see things in His Spirit and your life will be so enriched, so comforted, and thoroughly touched with mercy.  Back when Saul of Tarsus (soon to become Paul) was stricken with blindness from his 'Damascus Road' experience with the Lord, Ananias came to his home and prayed for him, and the Holy Spirit touched his life...  Acts 9:18 tells us; "And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.", which is how thankfulness is in our lives; we see things so much differently.  The Holy Spirit in our lives gives us 'new sight', a sight that through the Lord's eyes, a sight from His grace and mercy... no longer tripped by the bad things we see in this world...  no longer downtrodden with what appears pending doom... by His wounds, we are healed!  Now, THAT is the sight of thankfulness... a sight from God Himself.

Therein, we can rejoice, we can experience a deeper spiritual joy, we can certainly share that thankfulness with an assurance that it will never end.  Unlike the 'happy moments' of this world (holidays, vacations, celebrations, etc.), His is a joy, peace, and deep satisfaction that will never cease.  Psalms 100:4-5 even encourages us to; "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (5) For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.", which is assuredly The Sight of Thankfulness!

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