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18. Gratitude grows in service – 30 days of thankful Scriptures

Have you ever felt dangerously weak, as if you did not have the strength to take another step? Maybe lots of us have experienced that. I surely have, and I can attribute it to a chronic medical condition. Others may have different reasons to face similar situations. Once we’ve felt feeble and frail and strength-less, we may gain a stronger appreciation for the times when we do have energy and oomph and vim and vigor and strength to get up and go.

When the Lord calls us to do something for Him, doesn’t He always give us what we need to obey in His power? If we are paying attention, we can recognize those instances when we know for certain that we could not have finished the job, run the course, or even made it through a particularly trying day without His help.

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him.” (1 Timothy 1:12, NLT)

Certainly, for most of us, helping others helps us as well. Some even say serving others can actually encourage those with certain forms of depression. People frequently feel better when they sense they are doing something that matters to other people.

That’s not why we choose to serve. We might say it’s a fringe benefit of blessing the Name of Christ by blessing others.

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