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The Gratitude-Filled Life

Proverbs for the day:

The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both.  Proverbs 20:12

Every blessing we have is from God, including our five senses.  Thanking Him for these things are part of living the Gratitude-Filled Life.

My vision and hearing are not what they were when I was a younger man, but I’m so thankful to have them both (and I’m thankful for reading glasses.)

I’ll never forget the look on the faces of tsunami-survivors in Indonesia when they tried out the eyeglasses we brought. There was a look of delight and joy.  They were thankful in spite of their great losses.  I want to live that Gratitude-Filled Life.

I want to be more thankful that I can see sunrises and my grandchildren.

I want to be more thankful for hearing birdsongs and the wind in the pines.

I want to appreciate that I can feel both pain and the rough bark of an oak tree.

I want to thank God for the gift of smell.  What are your favorite odors?

Mine are mown hay, plowed dirt, bread cooking, my wife’s hair, and the complex smells* of a little baby.

*baby powder, baby shampoo, milk, and other unmentioned smells/odors that are still blessings.

I want to thank God for taste.   From the burning of a coca-cola, the pleasure of biting into shrimp, to the taste of that morning coffee, God is worthy of our gratitude.

Wishing you a gratitude-filled day.

About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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