We all know that being thankful is important. As parents we think it is so important it is one of this first things we teach our kids. It is not so much just to be polite, but the kind of people we want them to grow up to be. But as we become adults many of us struggle with being thankful. Whether we have lost it or someone has taken it from us many of us struggle to find our thank you. Let’s look at some things that can steal our thank you and even how we can get it back!
THE STORY OF TEN LEPERS HEALED
As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!“ 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him– and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
THINGS THAT STEAL OUR THANK YOU
- . A PRIDEFUL Attitude. This is the attitude that says, “Nobody ever gave me anything, I worked hard for everything I have.” “For years I’ve studied hard and now it is finally paying off.” “It’s all because of me!” With this kind of attitude, we feel that we have no one to thank but ourselves.
- . A CRITICAL Attitude. Instead of being grateful, this person will always find something to complain about. It’s always negative and it’s all they can “see”.
- . A CARELESS Attitude. Someone once said that if the stars only came out once a year, we would stay out all night to watch them. But they are there every night and we have grown a costumed to them. The Israelites grumbled because they had no food so God miraculously sent manna (a crust-like bread) to cover the ground each day except the Sabbath day. Then they started to grumble because it was the same thing every day. They had a miracle – straight from God every day but were no longer satisfied. Because of pride, carelessness or a critical spirit we will never be truly thankful for all that God has given us.
- . A THOUGHTLESS Attitude. The root of the word “thank” means to think so it is only logical that as we give thought to what we have that we would become thankful people. When was the last time that you thought about the things you are thankful for? I would bet that you could easily tell me the last time you complained, but when did you last give thanks?
FINDING YOUR THANK YOU…
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.
Psalm 92: 1
SOMETHING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW…
- I want to challenge you to do something right now. Make a list from 1-10. Take a moment to begin being thoughtful so that you can begin being thankful. Take a moment to write down as many things as you can think of that you are thankful for. Now try to be specific, don’t just say I am thankful for my family. That is good but who are you thankful for in your family? You see being specific helps us to remember why we are thankful for that person. So go ahead right now and write down the things you are thankful for.
- Now let me ask you, “How do you feel right now after thinking of these things you are thankful for?” You feel pretty good don’t you? What would you feel like if you to come up with a list of things to complain about? You probably would feel depressed. Let’s learn to be thoughtful so we can learn to be thankful. Let’s see what will begin to happen to us as we daily give thanks to God for all we have.
SOME WAYS WE CAN SAY THANK YOU TO GOD
- When you spend time with Him
- When you forgive others
- When you serve in His church
- When you share His Plan of salvation
- When you reach out to hurting people
- When you give God the best of your Time, Talents, & Treasure
- When you praise Him from your heart