From Agony to Eagerness - Part 5

Opening Prayer

Father God, would You continually spur me on to act in gratitude for all You are? Change my thoughts so they are your thoughts, and my actions so I can be your hands. Amen


Read: 2 Corinthians 9:11-12

“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.” (English Standard Version)



One of the most humbling things we will experience is when we are used by God to meet the need of someone else. When you watch God pour out to you, then turn around and pour that out onto another person, something in the deepest part of our souls sings with gratitude. A gratefulness for the first gift, and a gratefulness knowing God is using us to fulfill His passion and love for people.

What we sometimes miss is thankfulness in the one who receives our gift. Ours isn’t to linger in that feeling of accomplishment, but rather, in knowing God has used us as His vessel of provision which has brought Him glory in the end. It may be a simple meal purchased for someone without the means to buy their own, or it may be paying someone’s rent when their funds are low. Big or small, it swells the heart of God, and points back to a Father who is into the details. He loves it when His people get on board with the way He provides deliverance for the hurting.



God is constantly at work all around us. When we choose to join Him in generously serving not only the Church, but also the least, the last, and the lost, we tell Him exactly what He means to us. Our gratitude is exhibited in our generosity and resources held loosely. What opportunities do you have right now to be part of changing a life? Maybe it’s a co-worker, or a neighbor, or a relative…someone in need. You could be the one God uses to generously help and restore someone broken by life…and that may bring a word and heart of gratefulness for a heavenly Father who loves them beyond comprehension. It just takes a “Yes, Father. Here I am.”

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Closing Prayer:

Dear Father, would you give me eyes to see the people you put in my path who need what you’ve given me? Help me to hold those things loosely that others may praise Your goodness. Amen.

Terry Schneider