Matthew 10:32-33 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.  But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

Though I don’t watch the Academy Awards, I heard something about this year’s event that caught my attention.  While I don’t know much about his testimony, Matthew McConaughey started his acceptance speech by rightfully thanking God.  He went on to say “He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand.”  What makes these words so surprising is their rarity.

In the last 30 years, there have been 750 Academy Award acceptance speeches.  In only 14 of those has someone expressed thanks to the Lord.  In fact, in the last decade at the Academy Awards more people have thanked Meryl Streep than have thanked God.  Of course, we shouldn’t expect the unsaved in an event like this to thank the Lord, but how are we as American Christians doing at explicitly thanking the Lord for the blessings in our lives?  If the world doesn’t hear such a confession from us, then they won’t hear it from anywhere.

PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD WILLINGLY EXPRESS APPRECIATION FOR OUR MANY GOD-GIVEN OPPORTUNITIES.  Indeed, the opportunities in our lives are gracefully given not by human hand.  We need to boldly confess that truth to ourselves and to others.