In God’s Sight

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"Oh, goody!" squealed Allison as her dad drove into the parking lot at the ice cream store. "I want a hot fudge sundae with nuts!"

Mom shook her head. "It's too close to dinner time. A single dip is enough."

Allison's mouth tightened. "I don't see why . . ."

"You heard your mother," interrupted Dad. "What flavor do you want?"

"I guess chocolate almond," Allison replied gruffly. As soon as her dad was gone, she spoke again. "How would it hurt me to have a hot fudge . . ."

"Allison, how do you suppose you look to God right now?" asked Mom. "You sit here in a comfortable car, wearing nice clean clothes. Only a few hours ago, you had a delicious lunch. In another hour or so, you will have dinner. Yet you're complaining because you get only an ice cream cone. Across the ocean . . ."

"Oh, Mom," interrupted Allison with a frown. "I hope you aren't going to talk about the starving kids in India or some other foreign country!"

"Yes, I am," replied Mom. "While you eat your ice cream in addition to good meals each day, another ten-year-old will be shivering in the cold, clawing through garbage cans for a bite to eat. That child does well to get one meal a day and sleeps on the street."

"I can't do anything about that," Allison objected.

"Last week you looked through your stuffed closet and whined because you couldn't have a new shirt," continued Mom. "At the same time, a girl thousands of miles from here--or even in our own country or city--was putting on faded, patched clothes, but she was smiling."

"Aw, c'mon, Mom. You don't know that," protested Allison.

"It happens every day somewhere," Mom replied. "While you complain about your clothes or toys and often ask for more, many children around the world have little to wear and they play with tin cans and rocks and sticks."

Allison looked out the window. She didn't want to see the pictures her mother was painting with words.

"It's so easy to forget how blessed we are," Mom said, more to herself than to Allison. "I wonder how God sees us."

How About You?
How does God see you at this Thanksgiving time? Are you grateful for all you have, or do you complain about not having something you want? This would be a good time to count your blessings--to take the advice King David wrote in Psalm 103 and remember all the benefits God has given you.

Today's Key Verse:
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Psalm 103:2)

Today's Key Thought:
Count your blessings