Day 1: Gratitude, Gobstoppers, and the Everlasting Love of God

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Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

Psalm 107:1-3

In the children’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which later became the movie, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” Willy proclaims his love for one of his favorite candies; the Everlasting Gobstopper. The term “gobstopper” has been used in the United Kingdom for over eighty years to refer what we call here in the states as a jawbreaker; a multilayered and flavored hard candy that dentists love! What made Wonka’s fictional gobstopper unique and valuable was that the flavors kept coming and you could never finish it. It was everlasting!

Gobstopper flavors include orange, cherry, lemon, watermelon, and grape. 

As a kid, I would love the idea of these candies, but once I’d pop them in my mouth, I would get impatient with wanting to start a new one and so I would prematurely bite down and risk breaking a tooth (hence the name “jawbreaker.) Too often in our lives we complain about things not lasting long enough or, when they do last, we complain that we can’t get a new one, like a car that is old but still a good daily driver. But the Bible, specifically Psalms 107, 118, and 136 all start the same way: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Your life, every aspect and facet of it, will forever be changed if you do this one thing; give thanks to the Lord. Why? Look at the verse. First, he is good! Second his love is steadfast; it is firm and unwavering. Lastly, his love endures forever. It’s everlasting! Having an attitude of gratitude is much easier and supernaturally natural when we remember that God and his love is steadfast and everlasting. Try thanking him today.

Questions to ponder

If you could win a lifetime supply of any candy (and not get cavities or calories added to your teeth and tummy,) what would it be?

Has there ever been a time where you gave a gift or did something for someone and you never received a “thank you”? How did that make you feel? Who is someone you need to belatedly thank?

What are some things that you need to thank your good and loving Heavenly Father for today?

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