“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.” — Luke 17:15
Not long ago, one of our varsity basketball players was at a college elite camp. He played well enough to get the coaches’ attention, to the point that he was one of four players that the coaches told to bring their parents to meet them at the end of the camp.
So at the camp’s conclusion, the player brought over his mom to meet the coaches. His dad had passed away a couple of years prior, so he only had his mother with him. He introduced his mom to the coaches and they talked briefly. As it turns out, he was the only one of the four players who actually followed through and brought a parent to meet the coaches. In the end, the fact that the player remembered to come back and introduce his mom is what truly set him apart from the competition, and he was offered a roster spot for the college team.
In a similar vein, the Bible tells the story of another one who remembered. Gratitude drove him as well, and set him apart from his peers just like the aforementioned basketball player. In Luke 17, Jesus heals 10 leprous men. Only one, driven by gratitude, comes back to thank Him.
Character can set us apart from the rest of the world. The little things do matter. Honoring our parents is important. Gratitude counts. Remembering is noble. These are all lessons we can glean from the story in Luke 17, and from the example of a humble high school basketball senior. May we be seen by God as ones who remember to come back to Him at the end of the day and give thanks for all He does for us each and every day.
— Frick Frierson
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