“This morning in my journaling,” Stan began, “the apostle Paul again showed me something I too often neglect.”
“What’s that?” I replied.
“In his letter to the church in Philippi,” Stan said, “Paul wrote about sending a fellow named Epaphroditus to the church. Apparently this fellow was known to the church and he was concerned that the church had heard he had been real sick.”
“How does some fellow who was sick a long time ago have any impact on you today?” I asked.
“It is what Paul wrote about him,” Stan responded, “and how he had been healed by God.”
Continuing he said, “Paul describes the fellow as having been so sick he almost died, but that God healed him.”
“So Paul was thankful for that?” I asked.
“Yes, he was,” Stan replied, “but the point that struck me is that Paul also said that he was thankful that God, by healing the sickness, had spared Paul the sorrow he would have experienced if the healing had not occurred.”
“This made me think,” Stan continued, “that too often I do not delve deep enough in my prayers of thanksgiving to thank God for all that His answers mean.”
“I am to take the time to ask the Holy Spirit to guide my contemplation as I think of all of the things for which I am to express thanksgiving. It is way too easy for me to say to God, ‘Thanks for such and such,’ without really exploring the needed depths of my thankfulness.”
Concluding, Stan said, “I am never to be casual and shallow in my thankfulness to God, and I am to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance to focus on all for which I am to be thankful.”
For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Philippians 2:27.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the way in which you answer my prayers. I confess that too often my thankfulness for your answers is too shallow in that I do not think about everything you do for which I am to be thankful. Please forgive me all of that. And please lead me in focusing exactly as you want on everything for which you want me to be thankful. Please, Lord, lead my thankfulness. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.