Perspective and Gratitude

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
— David

When you remember that your ancestors were wandering nomads, and you yourself were hunted like wild game by a psycho, who in one moment welcomed your presence as you played a harp to chase off his demons, and in the next flung a spear at your head because apparently some demons don’t come out by harp-song, you take on a certain perspective. We’ll call it gratitude. Gratitude helps us see that everything we have comes from the good hand of God, and so everything we give into the good hands of God is necessarily already God’s. We, having what we have, do not consider anything we have to be ours. Rather, everything remains at the beck and call of the King. In this way, what we have does not own us, and we are gracious and spacious on the inside.

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