Written by: Gawie de lange
Article source: JOY! Magazine

 

I recently read the following quote from an unknown author: “I am thankful for the taxes that I pay, because it means I am employed. I am thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means that I have enough to eat. I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, or gutters that need fixing – because it means that I have a home. I am grateful for the big pile of laundry and ironing, because it means that I have clothes to wear. I am grateful for the lady behind me in church who sings off key, because it means that I can hear.”

Do you say thank you?
This made me think of the story in Luke 17:11 that speaks about the 10 lepers who were healed and only one leper came back to show his gratitude. As Christians, we like to identify with the one who came back, however we often ask for help from the Father and then do not say “thank you” for His help. Does this not make us one of the 9?

3 points to ponder on:
1. Get into a habit of always giving thanks (1 Thes 5:18 – Give thanks in every circumstance)
2. Gratitude glorifies God (2 Cor 4:15)
3. Gratitude brings rest and peace (Phil 4:6-7)

Let’s strive this new year to show our gratitude towards God!


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