1 Corinthians 15:57–58

All of us benefit from someone’s quest. Let me name a few.

Above my head is a bright electric light. Thanks, Tom.

On my nose are eyeglasses that enable me to focus. Thanks, Ben.

In my driveway is a car ready to take me wherever I wish. Thanks, Henry.

Across my shelves are books full of interesting and carefully researched pages. Thanks, authors.

In our yard flies a beautiful American flag. Thanks, Betsy.

Flashing through my mind are ideas, memories, and creative skills. Thanks, teachers.
Tucked away in the folds of my life are discipline and determination, a refusal to quit when the going gets rough, a love for our country’s freedom, a respect for authority. Thanks, US Marines.

Coming into my ears is beautiful music—a wonderful mix of melody and rhythm and lyrics that linger. Thanks, composers.

Deep inside me are personality traits, strong convictions, a sense of right and wrong, a love for God, an ethical compass, a commitment to my wife and family. Thanks, parents.

At home is a peaceful surrounding of eye-pleasing design, colourful wallpaper, tasteful and comfortable furnishings, hugs of affirmation—a shelter in a time of storm. Thanks, Cynthia.

In my heart is a peace I cannot describe, a hope that stirs me from discouragement, a grace that compels me to keep going. Thanks, Jesus.

My list could go on and on. So could yours.

Let’s never forget our many hymns of praise we sing with hearts full of gratitude for God’s goodness. For Paul, it went like this:

Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:57–58)

Thank you, Lord!


Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord...Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.