THANKFULNESS! Is it just me or does it seem that people are less thankful for what others do for them today? There just seems to be an expectation on the part of many that everything is due them and that everything is about them. The words “thank you” just don’t seem to be in the vocabulary of many people today. And I have noticed that even in third-world countries people often develop an attitude of expectation when helped and soon adopt an attitude of expectation instead of an attitude of thankfulness. Sometimes when people enter the United States illegally they enter not with an attitude of being thankful for being here but with an attitude that they are “owed” all things that are available to legal citizens of the country. While one mark of being a non-Christian may be a lack of thankfulness toward God because they may think they have “earned” everything in life or have “worked” to have whatever they have in life that attitude or spirit of unthankfulness should not mark a Christian’s life.
The bible reminds us to “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). The bible says, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” (James 1:16-17 NIV). As the Apostle Paul explains in speaking of God, “For in him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28 NIV). Anything we receive such as: material things, good deeds or kind acts toward us, children, favorable circumstances, or even the air we breathe, we receive from God and we should be thankful for these things. God even allows us to go through tough times in life and though we often do not understand the reasons why we are in those circumstances God is there with us and is our comforter and guide. Job, the man of old, revealed to us this about life, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised,” (Job1:21 NIV). And the following verse comments, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.” Often distressful circumstances bring a spirit of unthankfulness. As Christians we should be careful to not let that happen to us but rather we should “give thanks in all circumstances.” Let us pray that our personal spirit of thankfulness and our words of thankfulness to others will
encourage others to be thankful people as well.