doesn't take long until a baby says "Mine!'
and "No!", but it takes years for a
mother to teach it to say "Thank-you!" What child hasn't been told a thousand
times, "Now be sure to say "thank-you" when their child receives a gift?
We know how important "thank-yous" are. For the giver, a "thank-you" completes the joy of presenting a gift. Hearing a "thank-you" assures us that the gift is enjoyed and appreciated
and that makes us feel good.
Heavenly Father feels the same way.
God is the original giver, yet He tells us that He can be blessed by
our thanks. If we can make Him happy,
let us not be stingy or slow at giving thanks, but marvel that He cares for
thankful heart enables us to see
the abundance God showers on us every day.
Look around you. Blessings
abound. We have friends and family,
smiles and sunny days, the promise of heaven, and most of all, the privilege
of having Jesus in our life. Our
thanksgiving must be wholehearted. "All that is within me" must bless the
Lord, for it is the heart God sees.
Romans 1:21 tells us that it is dangerous to be ungrateful to God.
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God, nor
gave thanks to Him." This grieved
God. He gave such a great gift. Oh, how can we ever thank Him enough for
giving His Only Beloved Son so that we could have salvation?
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts
praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name."
By Doris Stensland