One dreadful day, many years ago, a large sailboat capsized on Lake Michigan. It was near the shore, and the life guard on duty, Edward Spencer, jumped into the lake, and rescued all seventeen people who were on board. Finally, he fell exhausted on the shore and was taken to a hospital to recover. As he was carried to the emergency room, he kept asking, “Did I do my best?”
Years later, Dr. R.A. Torrey, an
evangelist, was telling this story in a revival in Los Angeles.
Suddenly, a man electrified the audience. He stood up and shouted, “Dr.
Torrey, Edward Spencer is here.”
Shaken, Dr. Torrey asked, “Would
you please come to the platform?” Slowly, the white-haired Spencer made
his way to the platform as the people applauded wildly.
looked at him with grateful eyes and asked, “Is there anything that
stands out in your mind in the saving of those seventeen people?”
“Only one thing, Dr. Torrey,” he replied. “Of the seventeen, not one of them thanked me.”
is the mother of every vice,” is a famous French saying. And the
Spanish add, “The earth produces nothing worse than an ungrateful man.”
is it so difficult to say, “Thanks?” Is it pride? Is it
self-centeredness - the attitude that I don’t need you or anyone else?
Is it because we are weak and want to appear strong? Is it a false
impression of our own value?
How interesting that the last verse of the Psalms reads, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, give us an alert mind to recognize the many gifts we receive each day. Give us grateful hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.