It’s an inborn human trait. Taking things for granted. Defined: To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate. To never think about something because you believe it will always be available or stay exactly the same.
For example, I think most of us go about our busy days thinking things will always be just as they are. We rarely stop to think about running water, electricity, cell phones, 24/7 stores, paved roads, a bed to sleep on, or ATMs, and just how we would function without them.
We get accustomed to our blessings. When that happens, we usually become complacent or neglectful. We then become inattentive and then reckless. We often see headlines where factory workers who knew all the safety rules and had even followed them for years, but their job became so routine that they took their focus off what they were doing and were tragically killed. Sometimes, it is just a terrible accident, but the danger of being careless and distracted is certainly great.
We also tend to get to a point where we fail to appreciate other people. I believe we can be in the same room with someone like a co-worker day in and day out, or live with someone like a husband or a wife, year in and year out and still take them for granted. We may still talk to them, do things with them and even do things for them but things become routine, and little or no work or even thought is put into the relationship. Children often take their parents for granted. Even grown children.
Who among us is not guilty? Time and again, the Israelites grew accustomed to their blessings and took advantage of God’s patience and long suffering. They took Him for granted.
Do we take God for granted? Are our prayers mundane and routine? Even the ones we say at the dinner table? Do we read our bible just to say we have read our bible? Do we go to church or bible study week in and week out and stay the same? Do we just recite The Lord’s Prayer or the 23rd Psalm without feeling their meaning, appreciating their worth? Do we take for granted what Jesus did on the cross?
Please do not take Women’s Life Fellowship for granted. If you are reading this, your life has been affected by this ministry in some way. You may be a woman who has been counseled or mentored. You may be a woman who has benefitted from our many bible studies or our other events. You may even be a husband, parent or child of someone who has been helped by this ministry in some way.
The most important way you can show your appreciation to Women’s Life Fellowship is by your prayers. Why? One reason is because it is a command “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2. Another reason is that God chooses to work through our prayers. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14. If you do not already pray regularly for this ministry, would you please commit to do so now?
In this time of thanksgiving, I am also boldly asking you to show your appreciation with your money. Our community is blessed with organizations and programs that help address the issues of substance abuse, unwanted pregnancies, depression, suicide, alcoholism, child abuse, broken homes and physical needs. All very worthwhile and needed.
WLF is uniquely designed among all Christian non-profits to specifically target prevention. We are made up of volunteers and staff members all passionate in serving Christ by reaching out to the real spiritual needs of the women of Anderson.
Don’t take it for granted that Women’s Life Fellowship will continue always. We rely completely upon donations. If you already give, THANK YOU. If not, would you please consider being a regular donor to this Kingdom-minded ministry? What can you spare? $5 a month? $10, $50, $100?
You see, it’s not about the amount. Remember the bible story about the widow’s mite? It’s never about the amount. It’s about our faithfulness. This is what God is looking for in us. In His great grace and mercy, He will bless both you and Women’s Life Fellowship. He’s good like that.
Our prayer is always to be faithful stewards of all that is given and never take you for granted.