I was lonely at home, having stayed indoors for such a long time, I decided to visit a friend. We were so happy to see each other after a long time. We had lots of Chitchat trying to catch up on the past events. As typical of my dear friend, she began to narrate all she had passed through since this Covid-19 Lockdown.
“Really?” I asked in surprise.
She stirred the pot of ice fish stew on fire.
“yes my dear, friend. It has been that bad that we eat Okpa and Pap consistently, see nah! I now use ice fish for my stew. If anyone told me it would be this long and terrible, I would not believe” she said.
Just then, I wondered if my friend would believe that I left my room without breakfast, not because I was on diet or fasting but; I had no food in my room, would she believe that the Okpa contained in two medium tomatoe tin would serve as my dinner that night? If only she saw me devour the Okpa joyfully… Smiles. The plate of rice I had in her house was the best I had in several months. “Nne, just be thankful, you are better than many” how would I tell her that I was involved in the many …lol
As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance,
13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”
16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?
Now, someone might still ask the same question Jesus asked. When we were younger, I heard my pastor preach from Luke 17:17 and I felt those other nine were so unappreciative and considered their act inappropriate. I still remember making promises to God that I wouldn’t be like them… 😂. Yea, I did and I was determined never to fall out of my promises. So many of us too, have considered those men, evil. Now, let me tell you that some of us are like those nine. Appreciation is not measured by the size of what was done but a supposed expression of response gratitude for every good thing done to you by another. Even the scripture instructs us to be grateful always.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”
In every situation involves both Good and bad situations, and in the face of difficulty. But, some of us, feel appreciation should only be done when what we wanted was done or when we received something mind blowing. Now, from the face level, let me explain the reason those nine never returned to appreciate Jesus. Just like everyday human, most of us pray so hard, disturb God so much like the widow in the Bible, take church activities very seriously and eventually promise God thousands of things we know we wouldn’t be able to do, just because we think God could be bribed by your promises. God in his infinite mercies, answers your prayers not because of your enormous promises but because he is merciful, enough. Boom! You just got that Admission, Contract, Child, Husband, Healing and so many others. Fiam! All the promises you made God disappeared, the next morning, you are on your knees with a new prayer point in your mouth. Now You See, the above may not be so far fetched from the reason they never returned. Appreciation is a lifestyle, appreciation is one the ways we can express our gratitude to God. Every little thing, we received, deserves to be appreciated. When we appreciate, we appreciate. Develop the lifestyle of being appreciative for just everything.
God bless you.