Around Thanksgiving time, everyone puts emphasis on being thankful for all of their blessings. How many times have you given thought to being thankful for being thankful? Sounds odd, but have you ever stopped to wonder what the world would be like if no one was thankful for anything? Everyone would take and take, but never give back. They would expect more and never work for anything. The main reason that we are thankful as Christians is because it is natural and obvious for us to be thankful. Romans 1:20 says “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” God’s blessings around us are so apparent that we don’t have any excuse but to attribute our gifts to God. There is no other explanation for the beauty around us.
Unfortunately, sin flows from an ungrateful heart. When people are not appreciate of the things they have been given, they steal from others. When husbands are not appreciative of their wives, they lust. When people are jealous of others’ lives, they covet. At the root of each of these sins is an ungrateful heart.
Prideful and entitled individuals have the hardest time saying thank you. If someone feels they deserved what they have been given, thank you doesn’t come naturally because they feel in some way they earned their gift. If an individual is prideful, it can be difficult to humble themselves to say thank you. However, the reason why it’s hard to say thank you should be the reason we do it. Being thankful keeps us humble, kind, and giving. I’ll be the first to admit, it can be hard to give thanks for the grades I receive, the money I make, and leadership positions I hold. I become boastful and believe that I worked hard and I should be rewarded for my hard work. However, God provides us with each and every opportunity and the people in our lives who give us opportunities. Without Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Phillipians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”