When I consider all that I have to be grateful for and how seldom I express that gratitude to God, I feel sad. I want to love Him so much more than I do now, which is so much less than He deserves. He sent His Son Jesus to suffer and die so that I could live forever with Him in heaven. Yet I am so quick to complain of little discomforts and balk at giving of my time or money, not to mention fasting or doing anything I don’t feel like doing.
If I love Jesus and He suffered so much out of love for me, why am I so unwilling to sacrifice my self-will in even the smallest thing? James said that “faith without works is dead” so live that is only words would be worth very little.
Heavenly Father, You commanded us to love You “with all our heart, soul and strength”. Help me to put You first, to give You more than words, to spend time with You in prayer. Help me to obey You in everything sine those who love You are those who follow Your commandments. For all the times and ways I fail, I trust in Your merciful love.