How Appreciative Are You?

Being appreciative simply means showing that you are thankful for something. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "The Blessed Lame Man," which is based on II Samuel 9:6-8, 13, is that, "We should be mindful of humility, blessings, and lameness."

In this devotional, let's focus on being appreciative. Notice that Mephibosheth was blessed because of his father. It was not simply the goodness or kindness of Mephibosheth; it was the affection that David had for Jonathan that led to Mephibosheth being blessed.

Like Mephibosheth, we (esp. African American believers) are the inheritors and benefactors of that which was earned by others. We can safely say that if it had not been for our fore parents, many of the things that we take for granted would not be ours.

The cars that we drive, the houses we live in, the formal educations that we have or strive to obtain, and our church buildings and their contents would not be ours had it not been for our fore parents and the lives that they lived.

I wonder was Jonathan’s son more grateful for his father’s legacy than we are of the legacy of our fore parents? I sense that there are times when we grow weary of hearing how our fore parents endured the horrors of slavery and the incivilities of Jim Crowism.

Because of their making it through the efforts to dehumanize them and to indoctrinate them into believing that if they were human, they were inferior to Whites, we are able to have what we have. I hope that Mephibosheth appreciated his father more than some of us do our fore parents.

Self Examination
1. How would you grade your level of gratitude for what others have paid a high price for you to have?

2. What are some things that you enjoy but you can see have really been paid for by others?

3. What are you going to do to grow in your level of gratitude?

Prayer
Great and awesome God, the One who keeps on taking care of His own, even when we are not as thankful as we should be, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have blessed me over and over again.

I confess that I am tempted to take You and the sacrifices of others for granted. Please forgive me, and help me to demonstrate the appreciation that I should. In Jesus' name, amen.

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