Daily Devotional – 1/10/12 “Ungrateful!”

I read a friend’s status on Facebook this morning that said “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone, but the truth is you knew exactly what you had; you just thought you’d never lose it,” and this got me thinking. Wow! How many times do you take things for granted and then wish for them back? “Oh, I wish I had momma here to hug,” but how many times did you actually hug momma when you had her? See, all those times she told you that you would miss her when she was gone is playing over and over in your head now that you can’t pick up the phone to call her. The times when she would call you and ask for a favor and you’d brush her off because you got more important things to do, well, it’s eating at you now. But, what can you do? You hate to pump gas, wash your own car, get the oil changed or get a flat tire fixed, but you pushed away the one person that would do it all for you. You were tired of him smothering you, so you say, but in actuality it was your friends talking in your ear. They asked, “Girl, why does he always call you when we hang out?” But they were just mad because they didn’t have anyone caring if they made it to their destination, had enough money or made it home safely, so they hated on yours. But instead of you appreciating him for caring, you ran him off. Now, each time you pump gas and its 20 degrees outside, you pray for God to send him back. But baby, he has moved on with his life and enjoying the company of someone who appreciates him.

You’re acting upset because your dog ran away when you know you were barely caring for him anyway. You wouldn’t take him for walks, to the vet or feed him 2 days straight and you have the nerve so say you don’t know why he would run away. Child, please! How can you expect a dog or even a person to stay when they are not being treated right? The bible says in Matthew 7:12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you.” You expect a smile but all you give is a frown. You expect a hug when all you offer is a handshake. You expect love but all you got to give is hate. It’s like you expecting a steak dinner but you only gave $3, life doesn’t work like that. Haven’t you heard, “You get back what you put out?” If folk see you helping all the time, they’ll be quick to help you when you need it, but if folk always see you as being a hindrance to others, they’ll be a hindrance to you. Luke 6:31 says “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” If you constantly do folks wrong, they will get tired of it and leave. I know the bible says folks should turn the other cheek when they are done wrong (Matthew 5:39), but we only have 2, so eventually you’ll turn your back. Why would you consistently subject yourself into a situation that always leave you hurt? You have to stop treating folks like crap and then expecting them to stay around because when you take them for granted, there is someone waiting to grant their request. Somebody will miss this, so let me say it again. While you are taking him/her for granted, somebody is waiting to grant their requests. Hebrews 13:16 (The Message Bible) says “Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship – a different kind of “sacrifice” – that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.”

Sometimes the things we take for granted are not taken by death but hurt can sure make you feel like it. May I suggest that you stop taking things for granted that you claim to care about because it/they might not always be there? Yea, you got your mind now but you can lay down for a nap and wake up without it. You got a great job today, but the company can close tomorrow. You riding in your car now but in a blink of an eye, a wreck can happen and completely wipe it out. You walked out the house mad at your spouse and too mean to kiss them goodbye and then you receive a phone call that a heart attack claimed their life. James 4:14 says “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.” You may know the blessing that you have and you may even take it for granted because you don’t ever think that it can be gone, but ask the mother who had to bury a child or a husband who buried his wife of 40+ years or the steel worker who cut off his hand. God has blessed you with an amazing gift of singing but you complain every time sometime ask you to do a solo. The bible says that if you don’t use your gifts, then God will take them and give them to someone else. If you don’t believe me, read Matthew 25:14-30. But if you use what God has given you, for good, then you’ll hear God say “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Isn’t this what we are all striving to hear? Well done? If God has given you a heart to love and you choose to hate, then hate is what you’ll get. If God has given your hands strength to help and all you do is sit on them then you get no help. If God has given your legs strength to walk and all you do is complain when someone calls your name, you may just lose the ability to walk. Proverbs 27:1 says “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Cherish what you have. Love who you are and those around you. Stop waiting until tomorrow to apologize, to end a feud, to make peace because only God knows what tomorrow holds. Do it now while you have a chance because telling them while standing over their casket won’t do you any good, they can’t hear it.

Being ungrateful takes you out of God’s grace and being without the grace of God is like being in a tornado with no shelter.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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