All of the Bible is great, and we can always find verses and stories that really stand out. But every once in a while, we find a verse or story that does more than just stand out; it actually shapes the way we think and live.
The story of the 10 lepers is like that for me. In the story, Jesus healed 10 lepers and told them to go show themselves to the priest to prove that they had been cleansed. This would restore their social status and their community, allowing them to reconnect with people. Along the way, before they even got to the priest, they were miraculously cleansed of their leprosy. Only one of them, when he realized he had been healed, turned back to thank Jesus. It is tragic that so few people turn back to thank God for all He has done.
I want to be the one who comes back to thank Jesus. I want to be the one who takes time away from my own agenda to praise Him. I want to realize that He is the one who has healed me, provided for me, and given me every opportunity in my life. I want to thank Him – not just with my words but with my actions and my attitude. I want to live a life of thanks and gratitude.
In life, it is just too easy to pay attention to what I need and to forget to give God thanks. It’s too easy to focus on the next prayer request and not thank God for the ones He has already answered. It’s too easy not to give thanks. This story has shaped me and thankfulness has changed my life. It keeps me positive, even in the storms. There’s always something to be thankful for. And if you have made it to the end and read the whole thing, I want to say thank you to you, too!