Day 71~ 1 Tim 4-6
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (4:5)
My dad, bless his heart, was not an outspoken Christian. You would not find him preaching on a street corner, that is for sure! Yet, he lives his faith. He serves the Lord by going to the church whenever the pastor asks, to fix whatever electrical issue the building may have or any other mechanical issue for that matter. He is the Lord’s servant.
However, as far back as I can remember, the one verbal thing he never failed to do was to pray over his meal. If the family had already started eating and he came in late from work, he would sit down with us and silently pray by himself. At times I would think, “Opps! I forgot! I better pray with him.” How can I forget to be thankful? I admired my dad; he never forgot to be thankful.
I operate best when I have a “trigger” to remind myself of things I want to do. Some people might feel that praying before meals is a religious, mundane ritual that becomes so routine, it’s a trite obligation. Not me! For me, meal time is a valuable trigger that reminds me to be thankful. What better trigger is there than your growling tummy every 4-5 hours?
I’m thankful for my dad’s example and my trigger that brings the above verse into practical implementation.