Tuesday 9th November 2021
Title: Grateful and contented heart
By: Pastor Andrew Lim
感恩知足的心 Grateful and contented heart
An old saying goes, “Kindness like a drop of water given in need shall be returned with a burst of spring”. Another saying is “Such kindness of a warm sun, can’t be repaid by grass”. Being grateful is the most beautiful and gracious attitude in the world. It is one of the most basic aspects of being a human being – to learn to be grateful and thankful.
When we know how to be grateful, we will discover the goodness and beauty in our surroundings – it’s all so marvellous! When we learn to be grateful for every single thing that happens to us, whether good or bad, we will not be easily defeated by life difficulties, but instead, we will see it as a life challenge. The importance of being grateful transcends our boundaries of understanding; If you want to be happy and successful, then you need to learn to be grateful.
Everyone should have a grateful heart; to be thankful for the lovingkindness of our parents – It is our parents who taught and raised us up; to be grateful for the guidance of our good teachers; to be grateful to those mentors who inspired us; to be thankful to those friends who have stood by us, supported, and helped us. Whose kindness we receive, naturally, to whom we would need to be grateful! When we receive grace from God, of course, we must also be grateful to God. Because He gave us the breath of life, a warm home and our fathers and mothers who raised us up, so that we, as children, could grow up free of the worries and troubles of life.
Gratitude with action.
Being grateful means that we are willing to reciprocate. We should try to find ways to reciprocate any of the kindness of helping hands we received from others. Being grateful to our parents, we will respect and support our parents when we have grown up, accompanying them in their old age. Being grateful to our good teachers for their good guidance, we will be respectful and polite to them. To be grateful is to know to give back: Being grateful to God means entering His door with a grateful heart and His yard full of praise.
In fact, when we come to God and thank Him every day, we are reminding ourselves: we are not alone in the battle of life nor are we alone in facing all difficulties. It is also a reminder that God is listening to all our prayers; He is with us. The Bible says, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks for everything. because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
How are we to repay the Grace of God who has saved us with His awesome Grace? How can I repay the Lord for all the kindness he has bestowed upon me?
I will raise the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord before all people. We know we can’t really repay the kindness God showed to us, so instead, we give back to society by building schools, opening hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, drug rehab centres and etc to extend our grace to society and those in need around us.
While we are grateful for our good health, we should know that there are still many who are suffering from sickness and are lying in hospital beds. While we are grateful for our wealth, we should remember there are still many who are suffering from starvation; while we are grateful for our strong marriage, we must be reminded that there are many families that are undergoing desperate times. If we are grateful but could not care for members who have encountered misfortune, our acts of gratitude become a kind of show-off. All the grace we receive is from God. This world is full of unpredictability; the health and wealth that people have today may disappear tomorrow or at any time. So, why the need to boast?
Thus, while you are grateful, don’t regard the grace you received as a reward you deserve. Everything we have now is temporary. We are just caretakers for all we have. We currently are blessed with a little more than others so that we can have the opportunities to give to others and bless them. The Bible says: “But what kind of person I have become today, I can only be accomplished by the grace of God.” The Bible also says: “All good gifts and all perfect rewards come from above.
知足常乐 Contented heart
We need not only be grateful but also have a contented heart. Those who are not content with what they have would live hard and painful lives – their desires are hard to fulfil. Their hearts are huge but bottomless. People who are not satisfied desperately try to fill their hearts with more things, and the more they fill, the greedier they become. After a lion is full, it will stop hunting – this is instinctive, and it shows contentment of heart. It will not have the insatiate desire to kill all its prey, lest causing the extinctions thereof, maintaining the balance of nature and the animal world. Therefore, we should also learn contentment from nature.
Be grateful for everything we face and learn how to be grateful; be grateful to all the people who made you the person you are today. Employers will praise grateful employees, parents will adore grateful children, friends will appreciate grateful friends, and God will be pleased with His grateful children. We must be grateful for the presence of God in our lives, and we must be thankful for the countless immeasurable grace from God. For Christians, being grateful is a sign of God’s blessings in life.
Dear Father God, thank you for your countless grace in my life. I am grateful for the ups and downs in my life so that they could mould me into the person You want me to be. Although I don’t know what will happen tomorrow nor could I foresee the future, I believe that all good gifts and all perfect rewards come from above. Please help me be a person who is grateful in everything, to learn how to be grateful and content. My sincere thanks in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
翻译 : 陈劲年姐妹
感恩知足的心 Grateful and contented heart
古话常说: “滴水之恩当涌泉相报”，另外常常被提到的是：“谁言寸草心，报得三春晖” 。感恩是世界是最美善的一种情感，做人最起码的根本就是要学会知恩和感恩，当我们懂得感恩，就会发现到原来自己生活周围的一切，都是那么的美好。當我们晓得對一切发生的事物充滿感恩，就不轻易被面对的困難打倒，而會將它視為一種人生的挑戰。感恩的重要性超乎我們的想像，如果想過得快樂、獲得成功，那麼就得學會感恩。
感恩带着行动 Gratitude with action
知足常乐 Contented heart