Every day, no matter what else is going on in my life, I begin my day giving thanks to the Lord. Until I begin to feel the effects of the coffee, it sometimes begins with thanking the Lord for sleep and for the water and coffee that He created. “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind” (Ps. 107:8) 

When my brain finally begins to engage, I remember that He owes me nothing. “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.” (Eph. 2:1-3) And even though I deserved nothing from the Lord, He sent His Son to die for my sin. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (Eph 2:4-5)

He did this because of who He is, not because I deserve it in any way. That truly is unfathomable love. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:8-10) So this morning I thought about what my proper response should be to this. Yes, to humble myself before Him and thank Him for what He has done. But also to train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Tim. 4:7b-8)

How do I train myself to be godly? I must find out what the Lord means when He says we are to be godly. The only way I know how to do that is to invest my time and energy meditating on His Word and in prayer. Throughout His Word, He tells us what it means. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) And the Lord makes us a promise: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)

I am reminded that when I was getting to know my husband, I did it by mostly spending time with him and listening to him. I don’t know that there is truly any other way to get to know someone; and I can’t think of anyone better to get to know than our Lord who created us, who loves us, and who wants to spend time with us. And the proper way to truly gives thanks for all that He has done, is to spend time with Him. “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind” (Ps. 107:8)