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“I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so” (2 Corinthians 11:8-9).

Being thankful is a part of living the good life.  We are dependent and there really is no such thing as true independence.  If there were, only the Lord could be truly independent, but He has created this existence to share with us His love.  No, He is not dependent upon us, but we are upon Him.  Therefore, give thanks in all things for the provision of the Lord and do not act as though these good gifts are just there.

Lord, the world acts with great expectation with individuals feeling they deserve goodness.  All goodness comes from You and it is a gift.  Help me to see through the lies of this age and be thankful for those who have provided necessities that I may know You.  Help me to be thankful in all things and for all things.  Guide me in the way of Your goodness, sharing as I have been shared with.

Come Holy Spirit and work on my heart.  You know those places where I take things for granted and do not give as freely as I receive.  Lead me in the way of truth that I may now and always give and receive as You give and receive.  Teach me to be a cheerful giver and one who is always thankful for the good things You grant in this life.  Above all, help me to always be thankful for the salvation You make possible.