This is another of my devotionals published in an anthology titled Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. It is included in the section titled Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving.
When I want to thank God
for His goodness . . .
The LORD is good to all,
and His mercies are over all His works.
I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
—James 1:18 NLT
How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you,
which you bestow in the sight of men
on those who take refuge in you.
In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by
giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became
his choice possession.
. . . I will pray.
I used to think of myself as a good person. I felt great about that, but now I know that the goodness in my soul is little more than a faint reflection of the goodness I see in You everyday. You are good in every way—without exception. I am good only as I keep my heart tuned in and submitted to You.
That’s easy to say, but not always so easy to do. I mean to be listening every minute, letting You oversee my motives, my actions, my words. But somehow the not-so-good part of me keeps getting through.
Lord, I know I’ll never be as good as You are—not in this life. But I know that You, Lord, can help me to be a much better person than I am right now. Work with me. Keep me on my toes. Let Your goodness flow through me to everyone I know.
You are so excellent, Lord. It’s an honor to be Your child, an honor to be able to learn from You and draw from Your utter perfection. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness.
The Lord’s goodness surrounds us at every moment.
I walk through it almost with difficulty,
as through thick grass and flowers.
—R. W. Barbour
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]