Do you think life is a gift or do you take your life granted? Even if think in theory that life is a gift, there are times when we get so busy and task-oriented that we almost forget that life is a gift from God. A very precious gift from God. When we don’t appreciate breathing, we take life granted. And that leads us into life that is not all it is meant to be. What to do then?
The only way to fulfilling life is through thanksgiving and praise. When we recognise life as a gift from God, we start appreciating every breath we take. And when we do that, we are fully living. Our life is not then any more glamorous or easier than before but life becomes full of meaning and purpose. And that is another gift from God. Suddenly we start recognising heavenly gifts around us. Life becomes more and more precious. And we love it more as we continue to grow in God’s love and grace.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Eph. 5:15-16, NIV)
Taking God’s good gifts granted leads to misery. As soon as we forget to give thanks and praise God for his gifts, we take them granted. When we don’t remember we are not entitled to luxuries and niceties in life, we blame God for our hardships. That’s why it is important to seize every day and remember that life is a gift from God. Counting blessings is an effective way to keep us from taking life and other gifts of God granted. And that enables us to truly enjoy every breath we take.
Thank you for the gift of life.
Help us to appreciate every breath we take.
Do not let us take your gifts granted.
Help us to see your handiwork in our lives.
We thank you and praise you forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What do you think? Is life a gift from God? If yes: How do you live out that in your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace life as a gift from God!
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