That first bite

Activated - - NEWS - By Joyce Sut­tin Joyce Sut­tin is a teacher and writer and lives in San An­to­nio, USA.

I TOOK A BITE OF OMELET AND SI­LENTLY THANKED GOD FOR IT. I was hun­gry and it tasted ex­cep­tion­ally de­li­cious. I really ap­pre­ci­ated the sub­tle fla­vors and melted cheese, and I stopped a mo­ment to think about God’s won­der­ful care and sup­ply.

I know that I of­ten hur­riedly grab some­thing to eat and don’t even re­mem­ber to thank God for it. At least I did give thanks this time, but I was con­victed by my prayer, be­cause there was some­thing wrong with the tim­ing of it. I could have thanked Him be­fore the first bite, be­fore I knew it was de­li­cious.

Then I re­mem­bered the words of King David: “This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will re­joice and be glad in it.” When­ever I want to learn about grat­i­tude, I

1 read David’s psalms. Af­ter listing his prob­lems, he al­ways gives glory to God. But the thing that seemed sig­nif­i­cant to me about this par­tic­u­lar verse is that he tells us to wake up to a new day, give God the glory for it and say—even be­fore it be­gins—that we will re­joice and be glad.

Some­times I go to bed at night and thank God: “This has been a really good day. Thank You for all the good things that hap­pened, for all I got done, for good health and a happy fam­ily.” But that isn’t the kind of grat­i­tude David was talk­ing about.

He was talk­ing about be­ing thank­ful and happy for the day be­fore it be­gins. He is telling us to de­ter­mine at the break of dawn that we are go­ing to be happy and have a really good day. I guess that’s like thank­ing God for the omelet be­fore I taste it. We should thank Him in the morn­ing, even if a storm blows in later in the day. We should de­ter­mine to be happy, even if some dif­fi­cul­ties roll in. Whether it’s an omelet, a new day, or even a new year, we can be thank­ful no mat­ter what.

It is good and fit­ting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his la­bor in which he toils un­der the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his her­itage. … God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart. — Ec­cle­si­astes 5:18,20 Grat­i­tude to God makes even a tem­po­ral bless­ing a taste of heaven. — Wil­liam Ro­maine (1714–1795)

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