My Inspiration: The Man Who Opened The Door For Me

***Hello guys, 
In today's post, I will be sharing with you another little thing that happened to me a while ago and the lesson that God taught me from this.***

It was a nice sunny day in April 2017. We don't have nice sunny days very often this time of year here in the UK so I thought I would make the most of it by going out. I went out into the town centre to do some shopping. The kind of shopping I do isn't really shopping you know. I just walk into my favourite shops and look at what they have. And that's about it really. I find pleasure in walking into shops with the intention of not actually buying anything. Weird I know. My favourite section has got to be the stationery aisle. I am a bit of a stationery geek if you don't know that already.

Anyway, on this day, I decided to go into Ryman's Stationery shop. Again, I didn't exactly want to buy anything but I do love stationery so I thought why not. I thought I might see a cute notebook or pen which I might fancy and then decide to buy but that wasn't the case. As usual, I just walked up and down the isles, touched a few notebooks here and there and then finally made up my mind to leave. I turned around and headed for the door.

When I got to the door, there was a man on the other side who had arrived at the door at the same time as me. He pulled the door handle towards him as he opened the door and he stood there waiting for me to come through. I always love when guys do this for me- especially strangers. I mean what a gentleman he was right?

You see I have these moments where I say things under my breath and people find it hard to hear me. I would say something but in a very quiet, small voice that it would almost seem like I didn't say it. That was what happened in this situation.

As I stepped out of the shop, I said "thank you" in a very small voice but of course this kind gentleman didn't hear me. I mean what was I expecting? I turned to my right and I headed for Tesco to do some actual grocery shopping but I was stopped by what someone said behind me in a very loud voice. The voice said "Well you're welcome."
I turned around to see that it was this nice gentleman who had just opened the door for me. He was still standing there, holding the door and looking very displeased. The look on his face said it all. I had no idea what was going on but then after shaking his head and walking in, I realised he actually may not have heard me say "thank you."

At that moment, I thought to myself "But I did say thank you so I really don't know why he overreacted." In my head, I was right and I didn't have to feel bad because I did in fact say thank you. I convinced myself it wasn't my fault that he was displeased in the end. But at the end of the day, I had a chance to think about that particular incident and it made me realise something. If we can be so displeased when we do things for others and they can't appreciate the favour, I wonder if we ever think about how much God is displeased when we are not grateful to Him for all He has done for us.

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At our Christian union meeting yesterday, we were looking at what the Bible says about gratitude and this reminded me about why it is important to make it a habit to thank God all the time. Psalm 136 gives us a whole list of reasons why we should give thanks to God always. We should give thanks to God because

He is good
He is the God of gods and Lord of lords
He alone does great wonders
He made the heavens and the earth
He freed us from their enemies
He remembered us in our low estate
He gives food to every creature
His love for us endures forever

Obviously these are just general reasons for us for us to be grateful to God but I am sure that we can all think about the specific things God has done for us when we reflect on our journey here on earth. I think what makes it hard for us to be grateful is the fact that it seems to be so much easier to focus on what is going wrong that we forget to see what has been right all along. We are always seeking for the works of His hands instead of seeking Him and seeking His face. Psalm 34:10 tells us that anyone who seeks the Lord will not lack any good thing. God is everything to us and so much more. We have everything we need because we have Jesus. 

We have strength
We have peace
We have joy
We have salvation
We have love
We have life in abundance
And so much more
Because we have Jesus.

So think about that when you find it hard to think about what to be grateful for. 
Thank you so much for reading.
Have a lovely day and God bless :)


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