The Smallest Blessings

“Be thankful for the smallest blessing, and you will deserve to receive greater. Value the least gifts no less than the greatest and simple graces as especial favors. If you remember the dignity of the Giver, no gift will seem small or mean, for nothing can be valueless that is given by the most high God” (Thomas a Kempis).

Sometimes, I wonder if we really even know what constitutes a small blessing versus a large blessing. I keep thinking about the story where thieves broke into a pawn shop, but they didn’t steal anything. Instead, they switched all the price tags, so that the big items went for pennies and the smaller items cost a fortune.

In the current culture, what we esteem as valuable and what we discard as worthless are sometimes mixed up and messed up. We hold entertainers very highly and make them rich off of our adoration, while we throw pennies at our essential workers– those teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers, firemen, and so forth who really are what hold the society together.

Is is any wonder we don’t get God’s ways? What He values and what we value are sometimes very different things. We treasure the temporary while God tells us to seek the timeless and eternal treasures that can never be taken away and that never rust or decay.

To be thankful for the smallest blessings is to begin to see through God’s eyes what matters most and what is really priceless in the grand scheme of eternity. To God, the value of one human soul is worth more than all the gold and silver and diamonds and rubies in the world. To God, that soul was worth dying for. And that soul was yours.

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