Monday, November 21, 2011

Where's My Pie?

Carol wanted to do something nice for her neighbor Mrs. Smith, so she baked a pie and carried it next door. When Mrs. Smith opened the door, she was surprised to see her holding a pie. She replied, "For me? Oh, thank you so much! You just don't know how much I appreciate it! You are so thoughtful for doing this! Thank you!"

Because Mrs. Smith liked the pie so much, Carol decided the next week to bake another one. When she took it over, Mrs. Smith opened the door and said, "Thank you so much. You are so kind!"

She took another pie over the following week, and Mrs. Smith simply replied, "Thanks."
Carol took another pie over the next week and Mrs. Smith responded, "You are a day late with that pie."

The following week she baked her another pie. This time her neighbor said, "Try using a little more sugar and don't bake it quite as long. The crust has been a little bit hard lately. And next time, I want cherry filling. Did it ever occur to you that I might be getting tired of apple?"

The next week Carol was so busy, she wasn’t able to cook for her neighbor. When Carol passed walked her house on the way to the store, Mrs. Smith stuck her head out the window, yelled, "Where's MY PIE?!"

It's easy to take our blessings for granted, isn't it? When God keeps sending blessings to us, we start thinking that we deserve them. Instead of being thankful, we start complaining. The process happens so slowly we don't realize that it's happening to us.

Jesus healed ten lepers but only one returned to thank Him (Luke 17:12-19). If you were to ask the nine lepers who didn't return if they were thankful for being healed, they would probably say, "Of course we're thankful." But we know that they weren't!  Most people don't view themselves as ungrateful.

My question to you is, "Are you thankful for what God has done for you?" You will probably say, "Yes." My next question is, "How many times did you thank God yesterday?" Twenty times? Thirty times? None?  True thankfulness is always expressed through words, deeds, and gifts. Using those three things, let God know how thankful you are, starting right now.  God loves to be thanked!