being the ten percent

Luke 17:11-20

New Living Translation (NLT)

Ten Healed of Leprosy

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.

One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

As I was cleaning house today I thought back to the first week of October 2011.  Just the thought of that week brought me to my knees.  It was a pain-filled week.  October 2011 was a pain-filled month.  November and December were just as difficult.  January through June of this year, the pain continued.
In the last twelve months our family has walked through a furnace.  Today, as I sit and think of how many prayers have been answered in the last few months and the peace and joy in our house this first week of October 2012, I am urged to be the 10%.  Today I want to be the one who returns to Jesus and gives glory to God for all He’s done in our lives.  Today I am thankful for twelve months gone.  Hard-lessons learned.  Destructive relationships exposed.  Divine relationships built.  Callings revealed.  Freedom gained.  Doors closed.  Doors opened.  Time given.  Continued health. Love. Grace.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

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