I’m reading a daily devotion today and the author has reminded me of a very important part of being a grateful worshiper of Jesus Christ. He says, “People who have a grateful heart are always praising God. You often hear them say, “God is good!” They know that God is the reason for every blessing they get. But there are those who look to God for blessings and when they get blessed, they just go on their merry way. Their hearts are captivated by the blessings instead of the One who has blessed them.” This thought is from Luke 17:11-19 which tells the story of Jesus and the 10 lepers…read it today.

How often do we simply take God for granted? How often do we recognize something God has done for us and then go back to our own selfish way, forgetting to be thankful – truly thankful – to God for his provision? It’s an easy thing to do, unfortunately. I’m so glad that I serve a God of forgiveness, mercy, and grace.

It’s Christmas. Will I be captivated by the holiday spirit, gifts, food, and sports OR will I choose to be captivated by God The Father, God The Son, and God the Holy Spirit as I reflect and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this year? How about you?

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