After shopping at a busy store, two women happened to leave at the same time, only to be faced with the daunting task of finding their cars in the crowded expanse of the parking lot. Just then a car horn beeped, and one was able to locate her vehicle easily.
    Wow,” the other woman said. “I sure could use a gadget like that to help me find my car.”
    “Actually,” the first woman replied, “that’s my husband behind the wheel.”
    There is no doubt: gadgets, electronics, and all sorts of mechanical items have made life a lot easier to live. We have great blessings to live in this century, even this new millennium. However, it seems the easier it is for us to be independent, the harder it is for us to appreciate what God has done. One thing of course would be to allow us to develop technologically!
    Remember the old “cheer” 2-4-6-8 who do we ap-pre-ci-ate? The answer to that must ultimately be God! Listen to this:
    Ephesians 1:3-12 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is,  the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.”
    Look at all the blessings and privileges we have in Christ! Notice the end result, “so that we might be to the praise of HIS glory! Remember to LIVE thankfully!

God bless you all and have a great week!

Michael