My husband and I hold services at two different assisted living facilities and I also give a piano concert twice a month at one of them. Today my husband shared with the residents the story in the Gospel of Luke about the ten lepers that came to Jesus asking to be healed. That story really got me thinking about my own attitude.
Ten lepers came and Jesus healed them all. He told them to go to the priest to have the priest confirm they were clean and could now rejoin their families.
As the ten started to the priest they realized their skin was clear and they were healed. How exciting that moment must have been.
After that moment of great joy, nine of the ten continued on their way. But one man turned back and came to Jesus to say “thank you.”
His response: “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine?”
It seems our society is so attuned to the bad, the problems, the disagreements between groups. We are so quick to complain.
During this cold and snowy winter I often heard (and I was often guilty too) people complaining about how cold it was, how sick they were of snow.
Seldom, if ever, did I hear people saying how grateful they were for their warm house, their warm coats. Little thanks were given for the road crews who were out in the bitter cold spreading salt and clearing the roads.
Now comes summer and soon we will be complaining of the heat and humility instead of expressing gratefulness for air conditioning.
Why are we so slow to be thankful, to see all the blessings we have been given?
When my first husband died, I cannot count the times someone asked me how God could allow this. They would say something like:
“But you are a good Christian. How could God let this happen?”
But when God blessed with me with a good second husband no one asked me how God could allow this. No one said:
“Why did God bless you so much.”
We take His blessings for granted but are quick to complain when we feel we are not getting the blessings we deserve.
Lord, help me to be like the one who came back and said “thank you.” Help me not to be like the nine who accepted your blessings as if somehow it was their right and went on their way never to thank you.