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Every single day someone is moving to or from our city.  Some are close friends and others are merely acquaintances.  Some move across town to a new home while others move to a different city because of job requirements.  Some move into their first home and some move into an assisted living “home”.

No matter where folks may move, there is a common fact that is frequently expressed as a person packs their belongings.  They each state, “I had no idea I had this much stuff.”  What they are saying is that each of us so often sees and “walks around” what we possess that we lose sight of the many “things” that were once “prized” when we bought them.  Over time, those things accumulate and some are even pushed aside or stuffed into a closet because something newer caught our eye.  Over time, some people begin to complain, “I just wish I could buy ______” (some additional “something” that a person thinks would make life complete).

Waylon Prendergast, 37, of Tampa, Florida, committed a spur-of-the-moment robbery while on his way home from a late-night drinking session. A very inebriated Mr. Prendergast forced his way into the house through an open upstairs window, filling a suitcase with cash and valuables before setting the living room on fire to cover his tracks. He then escaped through the back door and made his way home, chuckling all the way. Only as he turned the corner into his own street, however, and discovered three fire engines outside his house, did he realize that in his drunkenness he had, in fact, burgled and ignited his own property. His comment: “I had no idea I had so many valuable possessions.”

While we may not do anything quite that stupid (at least nothing that makes the national newspapers), there are times when Christians need to stop and reflect, coming to same conclusion Mr. Prendergast did: “I had no idea I had so many valuable possessions.”

From family and friends to material comforts (like electricity and running water), from our basic needs (like food) to luxuries other generations never dreamed of (like the computer you’re sitting at right now), from the freedoms we enjoy to the jobs we hold, there is much that we have been blessed with that we take for granted.

Even beyond the physical blessings, there is so much that God has given us through Jesus Christ. As Paul wrote, “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.”  (Ephesians 1:3)

Truly, I had no idea I had so many valuable possessions. “God, forgive me for taking so much of it for granted.”  (Copied).

How tragic when those of us that are Christ followers become so myopic that we fail to see the daily provisions of our beneficent Heavenly Father.  Life would not be possible for a moment without Him and yet, too often, we fail to even give minimal thanks for the abundant lives we enjoy because of His favor.  Perhaps it is time for us to “move” from our complacency and re-discover all of the “good gifts that have come down to us from our Good God”!  Perhaps, you will find yourself professing, “I had no idea I had received so much good stuff from the Lord!”