Enjoy your life, compliments of God

You ever spend time preparing something for someone. You take special pains to make it special, but when you give it to someone, they are like, "Oh." And they just take it. You may have thought, "How rude! How ungrateful!" We may take offense, but honestly, that is what we do to God everyday.

God has given so much to us, He made this world, gave us friends and family, oxygen(yes, oxygen), food , clothes, and a beautiful earth, and everyday we wake up and expect it all to be here. This isn’t a respectful nor grateful way to live. I would encourage you, give God thanks for what He’s done.

1 Chronicles 16:8 says, "Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people." Won’t you give thanks to God today? Whatever comes your way, remember, what God has given you is much greater than the trials or troubles He has allowed in your life. And even those are allowed for your benefit! (Rom 8:28)

Give God the praise in everything!

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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You can’t accept it? Why not?

“Oh, I couldn’t accept that.” or how about, “Oh no, you shouldn’t.” These phrases, and others like them have proliferated our culture. It seems to be the polite thing to reject a person’s hospitality. Why? Where did that come from? Honestly, I don’t know, but to reject someone’s hospitality for no reason isn’t just rude, it’s downright wrong.

1 Peter 4:9 tells us to “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” Romans 12:13 tells us that we should be “Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” Now, I will ask you a question. How can a follower of Christ give to others and extend hospitality if it is constantly being rejected? Why is the rejection of hospitality viewed as something acceptable?

God commanded that we should give to one another. He told us to be hospitable. Even in secular culture it is reported that “It is more blessed to give than receive.” If that is true, then allow people to be blessed by their kindness. Accept what they give, and give God the glory for it.

I would encourage you, the next time someone shows you kindness accept it graciously. Don’t resort to cliché or fake rejections of their kindness. Thank them, Praise the Lord, and remember that they will reap the fruits of what they do. Then, don’t allow them to get all the blessing. Find a way to give to others and be hospitable. After all, God promises:

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” – Luke 6:38