What Are You Thankful For?

By: Lee Larsen

I have been on many missions trips to very impoverished places. I have also done disaster relief in place of complete and total devastation. Both types of places were strong reminders of how true this statement is: "The best things in life aren't things."

Grateful Heart

During my missions trips, I saw that people have little to no possessions and yet the children still run around with high energy, laughing and having fun with each other and their own imagination. Family and community are crucial to their survival because there is no turning to the government for help. In my experience, it seems as though life without many earthly possessions leaves people much more open to be filled by the Holy Spirit.

Throughout my disaster relief work, I met many people who had plenty of "stuff" in their life, but they lost it all. They were forced to realize just how much more important it is to have your loved ones, friends, and God around you then it is to have your "stuff". My disaster relief team went to serve these people, but they instead served us with their powerful message of thankfulness. So many people expressed this sentiment, "We praise God for saving our loved ones because we only lost stuff in the disaster. Stuff can be replaced, but our loved ones cannot." 

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him.
— 1 John 2:15
Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which He has promised to those who love Him?
— James 2:5
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
— Luke 12:33
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
— Matthew 6:19

Acts 1:8 Ministry can help you to simplify your life and increase your thankfulness through Planned Acts of Christian Kindness® (P.A.C.K.®). P.A.C.K.® teaches you how to go out and serve others in the name of the Lord. When you do this, the power of the Holy Spirit fills you and it is more satisfying than the desire to surround yourself with "stuff". The most important message delivered through P.A.C.K.® is that God's greatest gift, His love, is completely free.


Lee Larsen is the Ministry Coordinator at Acts 1:8 Ministry®. Lee's strongest and most personal blessing comes from the many “God Moments” that are created through Acts 1:8 Ministry's Christian Kindness outreach; a vivid reminder that our Lord and Savior is right beside us. Learn more about Christian Kindness.