It was the late 1970's and I had made the decision to leave active duty as a commissioned officer the following year. The Army was slashing the officer corps as happens after a major conflict like Vietnam and, as a reservist, I figured my name would sooner or later come up. But I always tried to do my best under any possibilities and as both Thanksgiving and Christmas came, I was one of many who volunteered to help with the Army Community Service's food giveaway for young soldiers with families who were below the poverty line. In earlier times, soldiers who expected to have family members with them on assignment had to hold at least the rank of sergeant, but with the liberalization of the rules, hardships quickly ramped up. We were checking identification of recipients to be sure of eligibility and once confirmed, a nice food basket including a turkey was presented. If help was needed, someone would take the basket to the vehicle which brought the soldier or authorized dependent with a wish for a safe and blessed holiday. I was set back by the fact that very few recipients so much as said thank you. It amazed me and I can just imagine how God must feel when we treat him the same way. But there is an easy way to correct that and we should all take heed.
Every time you want to speak to God, think first about all the wonderful things He has given us, especially life itself. Life is a miracle in its own right and should be appreciated and cherished, for life gives us the opportunity to spend whatever time God gives us to live for Him in a way that makes life so much better, not just for ourselves but everyone we come in contact with. That's one of the things He expects of us and it should naturally follow from faith. And since we are Americans, we should realize that He gave us the opportunity to live in the best place on earth and it's up to us to do what we can to allow freedom to ring, for that very freedom on earth is what makes it so easy to worship God as we choose and we should never take that for granted. Oh, sometimes God tests us in ways we don't understand, but if we keep our heart attuned, our eyes and ears open and pay close attention, we can never fail to realize the blessings we have received just by being born here. Remember these things when we want to ask Him for help and start with a praise and He certainly will be much more attuned to what we really need. He might not give us what we want, but He will give us what we need, and it will be on his timetable and not ours. Don't be like those ungrateful recipients of a basket of food in the 1970's, but instead be humble, honest and thankful to the Father of Life and it will be an amazing experience. Have a blessed day.