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Giving Thanks on Mother's Day

Read This: "For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Romans 1:21

Think: Obviously this verse is about giving thanks to God and not mothers, but let's see if some of the same principles apply. In speaking of the general pagan here in Romans 1, Paul says that they knew God. Deep down, they knew that there was a supreme being to whom they were accountable. They did everything they could to suppress that knowledge, but they knew He was there.

What they failed to do was honor Him and thank Him. Their symptoms were meaningless lives and darkened hearts. Their sickness was self-centeredness. When our lives revolve around us as though God was distant or not even there, we lose purpose and understanding. The antibiotic that can kill this illness is to recognize who God is and give Him the honor that is due Him. Don't stop giving thanks!

Now we come to Mother's Day and we set aside time to honor moms. It is so important that we remember the people in our lives who have loved us. We need to honor them and give them thanks. If we fail to do so, our hearts will become darkened and our lives will become meaningless. Why? Because those are the symptoms of self-centered people. I love the first line of The Purpose Driven Life that says, "It's not about you." This Mother's Day, try to remember that it isn't about you. In remembering others and honoring them, you can find greater purpose and understanding in this life.

Ask: In what way are you honoring your mother this Mother's Day? When is the last time you sat down and thanked God for all the blessings He has given you? Does your heart feel dark or your way seem hopeless? Try an exercise of spending time throughout your day giving thanks to God.

Pray: Father, in this moment I recognize You as God. Sometimes I feel that you may be distant, but Your Word says that You will draw near to us if we will draw near to You. Right now I give You thanks for the blessings in my life. Thank You for my mom. Your grace is more than I deserve. Amen.