Appreciating the blessings of others in your life

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. — Hebrews 3:13

A story was told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.”

“Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why, a copy just sold for over two million dollars!” His friend was unimpressed. “Well, this one wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German.”

Sometimes you don’t know the value of what you have until it’s gone. There are people in your life who become so commonplace… you see them every day, talk with them, but you’re never truly grateful for the blessings they bring to your life. Then one day, by death or something else, they’re gone, and you realize how important they really were to you.

Don’t take others in your life for granted. Instead, be thankful to God for the friends and family He’s given you. And let those special people in your life know you care about them while you have the time. Be diligent to express appreciation for those you have today!

Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to show you those in your life who need to hear you appreciate them.

Questions for thought

Why do you think people tend to take others in their lives for granted?

How can you show those in your life who’ve blessed you with their friendship and love that you appreciate them and don’t take them for granted?