Gratitude Street

 Dear Thankful,

When asked about the greatest lessons learned, J. Ellsworth Kalas, the 86 year old president of Asbury Theological Seminary, said: “Buy a house on Gratitude Street. Do so as soon as you can, because this is the only place to live, and the longer you live here the more you’ll love it. And believe me, you will enjoy your neighbors. The price on this street is steep, but you can afford it. You purchase this property with humility, by acknowledging that you are deeply indebted to both God and people. You confess that you wouldn’t have anything if it weren’t for what has been given to you. The important thing is not only to realize this but to acknowledge it—to say ‘thank you’ as often as you can, to God and to people.”
(---Ellsworth Kalas , “Lessons Learned,” Asbury Theological Seminary Alumni Link. Summer of 2009,8.)

Have you ever done a lot for others and been left feeling under appreciated? Jesus does not give any solid biblical teaching where he says “Spend as much time wallowing in feelings of being forgotten and never appreciated as you possibly can.”

Jesus teaches that each of us are desperate for the mercy only God can give us. Ten lepers stand before Jesus screaming “Lord have mercy on us." (Luke 17:13) Jesus shows mercy by healing all ten. Only one comes back to express thanks. To the one who says thank you, Jesus says, ” Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:19)

Tomorrow on Thanksgiving, ponder all the ways you have benefited from God's mercy. Then offer praise and thanks unto God. For the view from “Gratitude Street” is like no other.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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