Some of us have the audacity to want more

This morning I came across this powerful quote from Max Lucado and it really resonated with me – especially the last couple of sentences.

“I wake up in a world of miracles every morning. Every time I breathe and use the oxygen and incorporate it into my body it is a miracle. Every time I open my eyes and see the beauty that surrounds me, that’s a miracle. Every time I touch the hand of a baby, that’s a miracle. Every time I take a morsel of food and put it into my mouth and chew it, and my body digests it and uses the energy from it, that’s a miracle. Just as surely as it was a miracle when God opened the waters of the Red Sea, just as surely as it was a miracle when Jesus fed the multitudes, just as surely as it was a miracle when Jesus healed the blind man, we wake up in a world of miracles every day. And some of us have the audacity to want more.” Max Lucado

“We wake up in a world of miracles every day. And some of us have the audacity to want more”

Ouch!

I know that I have this mindset way too often.

It is so easy for me at times to live with a sense of entitlement – like I “deserve” all the blessings that God gives to me.

The reality is that I don’t deserve any of the blessings that God gives me but He still blesses me because He is a good God!

He has blessed me with the forgiveness of my sins.

He has blessed me with an incredible wife and three wonderful daughters.

He has blessed me with a home to live in.

He has blessed me with the privilege of being able to serve God as a pastor.

He has blessed me with a country of freedom and abundance.

He has blessed me with a place where I can enjoy His beautiful creation.

I don’t want to ever take any of these blessings (and the many that I didn’t mention) for granted.

I am not entitled to these things.

I do not deserve these things.

We wake up in world of blessings and miracles every day.

Instead of having the audacity of expecting more from God we need to make time to thank Him daily for what we already have!

What are you thankful for today?

Categories: Christian living

16 Comments

  • HisFireFly says:

    Ungrateful wretches are we…
    I read somewhere awhile ago a question that struck hard:

    What if you were to wake up tomorrow with only those things you thanked God for today?

    Great post Kevin!

  • I am thankful for continued opportunities to proclaim God’s goodness and grace.

  • Thanks for reminding us to see the greatness of God around us.

    I am thankful for the opportunity to share His word and gifts.
    I am Thankful for my wife & daughter.
    I am thankful for great bloggers like yourself.

  • Steve-Personal Success Factors says:

    Kevin, here’s an interesting twist. Yes, it’s so important to be aware of the miracles all around us … but I do believe in God given desires for More… to be more, to do more, and to see more of His work in the world. The desire to dream big…that’s something God given as well, would you not say. He is the Creator, and so I know He loves to see us dream big and then participate in creating those dreams.

    • Hey Steve. This post is more about how we view and accept God blessings. Do we feel entitled to them or are we grateful for what God has already given us? This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want more for us. We know that He has a great plan for each and every one of us. For me, it’s the attitude in which we approach this.

      Thanks for sharing!

      • Steve-Personal Success Factors says:

        Kevin, you’re right: I think I did not get the main message of the post: Gratitude for God’s everyday miracles. That gratitude lays the framework for appreciating the ordinary and extraordinary miracles He brings our way.

  • Ronald Hampton says:

    I wake up every morning thankful of the gifts god has given me. I also wake up every morning wanting more from myself and life. I think this is what drives us to succeed in life, creating our own miracles.

    Expecting more, is what I believe turns us away from the glory of gods gifts.

  • Marshall Hansen says:

    I am thankful for a roof over my head and a means to provide for my family. I am frustrated daily by the over consumption and waste our society causes. I wish there was a better way for people to be happy than amassing stuff.

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  • Hans Schoff says:

    I sometimes think about the miracles of running water, flowing electricity, food in a grocery store, fuel around the corner at the gas station for our miracle vehicles that allow us to quickly get from point A to point B. We sometimes get so used to and accustomed to these things we take them for granted, not realizing the alternatives and what life would be like without these things – what a different world that would be (in which case what different thoughts we would have)!

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