The Heavenly Benefactor

23 Nov

Mayflower ship It was Thanksgiving week, and eager kindergartners were playing with a cardboard Mayflower model. Suddenly, one child’s imagination really kicked into gear.

“Is everybody on board?” she said. “OK ~ have a good trip; and call me on my cell phone when you get to America!” *

I’m thankful for cell phones and a lot of other modern   conveniences, aren’t you? In fact, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a microwave and a computer. They are so much a part of my life.

I think back to days when cable television and satellite TV didn’t exist … and there were only three networks on the air that signed off at midnight except for Friday and Saturday. We’ve come a long way with technology in our homes. We are used to pampering that third world countries can only imagine.

But I’ve been in situations where I didn’t have many conveniences, and I really didn’t miss them. It’s amazing how little we need, if we have a true heart of contentment. Today, with all the stuff cramming people’s storage units, the cry is to simplify ~ to return to basics and be more content with less.

A life of contentment is about perspective. (Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6). While I am thankful this Thanksgiving season for all that I have ~ many precious possessions ~ I am also grateful that my hope is not in my things, but in my Father God, the Source of all I have and all I ever hope to be. I am thankful not only for the many benefits He places in my life, but for my Heavenly Benefactor. He is Jehovah Jireh, our good provider; He cares for His own (Philippians 4:19). Oh, the joy of being cared for by the God of all creation. Do we really need anything or anyone except Him?

How about you? What are your most precious possessions? Is there anything more precious than the Lord? Thank Him today for His provision in your life!

* Adapted from “Kids Say the Cutest Things”




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