As I ponder over things in this life and the things I should have done, it does make me aware of the fact that I still can do the things I should have done long ago. The thing that comes to my mind first is that I should have been much more thankful for what I was blessed with. When the inspired writer of Malachi writes in 1:2 is say this, “I have loved you,” says the Lord, But you say, “How have you loved us?” The Jews of the Book of Malachi were not very thankful for what God had done for them. Even through this is written to the Jews, it still can apply to us today. Are we thankful for all that God has done for us? Or do we say I am not very blessed, just look at my situation in this life. We all just need a calculator to start numbering all that our God has blessed us with and be so thankful. I understand it today but as I was growing up I should have been more thankful for my family. I was very blessed to have parents who really loved me and gave their all to make me the person that I am. Not only my parents but my whole family, grandparents, uncles and aunt and cousins. As I look back in time when all these members were here, I should have been even more thankful. You really don't understand these great blessings until you don't have them any longer. Most of us could relate to this and understand how we have been blessed, be thankful.

In my youth I was blessed by a great church family. Elders and preachers who were great examples but I should have been more aware of how much they loved me and taught me about God. And the little old lady who told me the story from the Bible that I still remember, Alice was her name. I wish I could tell them all thank you for helping to form this person called Jack.

The things that should never come from me at this point in life is that I am ungrateful for all the blessings that come from our God. Our God has given His Son to me. God has given us the hope that carries us thru every day, He will bless us with the hope of heaven if we are true and obedient to Him.

                                                                                                                                        I am thankful.

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