After a rewarding holiday shopping trip with my mom we displayed our purchases across my kitchen table. As we talked and celebrated our new items my young daughter walked into the room and we showed her a few items we selected specifically for her. I was expecting her to get as excited as we were, but as she voiced her response I stood there stunned – “Is that all?”. Did that just come out of my sweet little girl’s mouth??? Immediately, I went into mom mode and lectured her on gratitude and sent her on her way.
Later in the evening, in a quiet moment with God, I replayed the event and began praying for her to have a heart of praise and thanksgiving. During that prayer time God opened my eyes to my own heart and asked me, “How often do you respond to me this way?”. Talk about a humbling moment. I don’t know about you, but there are many things on my prayer list that have not been answered the way I thought or not been answered at all. There are times I wanted more instead of the portion God entrusted me with. In those instances I had an “Is that all” attitude instead of trusting that God is good and gives me his best.
One of the stories I learned in Bible school as a little girl is of Jesus healing 10 lepers. Take a look at their reaction to receiving healing and God’s best for them.
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17: 11-19 NIV
It always amazes me that out of 10 men only one came back. Only one fully realized ALL Jesus had done for him. Being at the feet of our Savior, thanking Him for what he had done, increased the faith of the man in the story. When we have had an “is that all” attitude, disappointment is sure to come. But when we make a choice to have a heart of praise and thanksgiving our faith rises. We are in a place to be filled beyond measure with all of God’s best for us.
As we approach Christmas and celebrate the birth of our King, I pray, Jesus, that you will help us have our hearts and minds ready for a season of praise and thanksgiving.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 JKV
Lord, I pray you would increase our faith, and remove any doubt or unbelief.
I pray we would know that ALL you give us is your best.
~ Amanda Waller