So here is a hilarious story about my 3-year-old son. The other day he was playing his gameboy DS and got to a part on the game that he just could not pass. He kept trying and trying and finally after about 10 minutes of him being frustrated he came to me and said “Daddy I am so ANGRY.” I asked him why he was angry and he said “because I am”. At this point i wanted to clarify why he was upset so I asked him if he was angry because he couldn’t pass that part of the game. He responded with a big “Yeah! I am so angry!” I had him sit next to me while I played his gameboy to pass the part he was having trouble with. As soon as I passed that part he said “Yay, I did it!” and grabbed the gameboy out of my hands and carried on as if he had never had trouble with the game in the first place.

The thing that stuck out to me was the fact that he said  “I did it” instead of “you did it” and then carried on without saying thank you. At that very moment it struck me, a lot of times we do this to God. We go on with our lives and when hardship comes up we try to tackle it on our own and after, what can sometimes be years, we say “Where are you God? I am so angry God!”  and more often than not when God brings us out of turmoil we say “Yay, I did it.” We forget that God was the one that helped us through and we don’t, at the very least, thank him. I think one of the greatest joys of being a father is to hear my kids say thank you. They are acknowledging that they are thankful for what I have given them and it gives me more joy to know that I was able to give them something that they needed. I love that!

The challenge I have for you this week is to start relying more on God and less on yourself and begin thanking God for the things He has done for you. Look at what the bible says about coming to Him and not thanking Him:

Matthew 11:28; Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

 Jeremiah 5: 24-25; they do not say from the heart, “Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.” 25 Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.

Find rest in Jesus, because we can’t do everything on our own and then give him thanks, because HE did it not YOU.