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Remember to Be Grateful

Updated on July 25, 2020
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This devotional was written for the youth in my congregation. If you've come across it, may it bless you.

Since we've been talking about creation and about God breathing life into man, I wanted to share a story I recently read that talks about the cost of breathing.

This devotional reminds us that we have many things for which to be grateful and many things that we should have thanked God for ... and maybe haven’t.

I should have been more more thankful all along.
I should have been more more thankful all along.

Recently, I read a Facebook post about a 93-year-old man in Italy. I’m not sure if this story is true or not ... because I take everything I read on Facebook and the internet with a grain of salt. Whether this story is true or not, however, I wanted to share it with you because it teaches us a valuable lesson.

It really caught my attention ... it made me stop and think. It reminded me once again that I take too many things for granted. It also reminded me that I should live a life of gratitude.

In this story, the 93-year-old man had been hospitalized for COVID-19. He had gotten better and was being released from the hospital. When it came time to talk to him about paying his bill, an interesting thing happened. When he looked at the bill, specifically at the cost of the respirator – a machine that helped him breathe – the cost he saw for just one day made him cry. Just one day ...

He had been in the hospital for a while and his bill was quite high. The cost of the respirator alone was almost $600 each day. The people at the hospital told him not to cry over the bill ... they could work with him on paying it. The old man told them that it wasn’t the cost of the bill that made him cry. He had plenty of money and could easily pay the bill.

He was more concerned about another bill that he had built up over his entire life ..

He explained to them that he had been breathing God’s air for his whole life ... all 93 years ... and he had never paid for it. He hadn’t even thought about paying for it. He asked them, “If it takes almost $600 to use a respirator to breath each day, how much do I owe God? I must owe him a lot and I’ve never even thanked him for it.”


Have you ever thanked God for the air you breathe?

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If you’ve ever had an asthma attack, you might have prayed about it and thanked God when it got easier to breathe. But most of us breathe every single day without ever thinking about it. But when we struggle to breathe, when we can’t catch our breath, it’s then that we realize just how important being able to breathe actually is. Only when that ability is threatened do we stop to be grateful.

Most of us are probably like Job who hadn't thought about being able to breathe either until he struggled to do so. When he struggled to breathe, he gave God credit for that as well, “He does not allow me to catch my breath, but saturates (covers or fills) me with bitterness.” Job 9:18 TLV

Then Adonai Elohim formed the man out of the dust from the ground and He breathed into his nostrils a breath of life – so the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7 TLV

God breathed life into man ... giving each man their very first breath. Job understood this. In Job 27:3 he acknowledged this breath as the Ruach of God in him, saying, “As long as my breath is still in me, the Ruach of God in my nostrils ...”

Thus says God, Adonai, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and the Ruach to those who walk in it. Isaiah 42:5 TLV

God gives us breath. Without this breath, we will physically die. Without air to breathe when we take a breath, we will die. It’s a very fragile balance that God maintains so we may live.
God gives us breath. Without this breath, we will physically die. Without air to breathe when we take a breath, we will die. It’s a very fragile balance that God maintains so we may live.

Not only does God breathe the breath of life into us, He continues to sustain us and keep us alive by providing air for us to breathe. Interestingly enough, the Bible also instructs us what to do because we have the ability to breathe.

“Let every thing that has breath praise Adonai. Halleluyah!” Psalm 150:6 TLV

Has this devotional challenged you to be thankful for something as simple as being able to breathe?

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What other things have you taken for grated that you want to stop and thank God for? Stop right now and make a list. You’re going to need it in a second, so what are you waiting for?

How many things did you come up with?

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Get your list. We'll use it in our prayer.

Let's Pray:

Heavenly Father, You have given me so many good things. I’m sorry for the times that I have taken them for granted. I know that I shouldn’t. I thank you now for ... (thank God for the things on your list). I am sorry that I have taken these blessings for granted. From now on, even when I am going through tough times, I know that I always have these things to be thankful for. As long as I breathe, I can sing your praises. Thank, Lord, you for all that you provide.

If you enjoyed this devotional and want to read more, click here.

I use the name, Yeshua, because that is the name my congregation uses. You may better know Him as Jesus.

Thanks for stopping by.


© 2020 Cindy Murdoch


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