Unlimited: Be Thankful
Aug 24, 2021 473
Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Two angels set out from heaven, each with a basket to bring back the prayers and thanksgiving of those on earth. The angel of thanksgiving started with a large hamper; the collector of petitions with a small basket.
When they returned, each was in trouble. The petitions overflowed the small basket and filled a sack as well. But the bottom of the large hamper was not even covered by the three tiny thanksgivings!
We dare not despise the nine lepers who were cleansed and did not return to thank Jesus. It has always been much easier for all of us to cry “give me” than to give thanks. One of our greatest needs, which if fulfilled will multiply our joy, is the need to think and to thank.
What makes you be thankful? There is always something to be thankful for.
The trouble is, of course, this poor human nature of yours and mine. Our human nature is as crooked as a corkscrew. To say “thank you” is just as difficult for us as to practice giving rather than getting.
Watching the rain, one woman said, “It will settle the dust. Another woman said, “This will make mud.” Misery is simply a synonym for ingratitude. There is always something to be thankful for each day, even if it’s only for what hasn’t happened. – Des Ford (adapted)
Reflection: If God sent an angel down to you right now, with a basket to collect your thankfulness, would the angel return with a full basket or with a few miserly scraps of gratitude? If “misery is simply a synonym for ingratitude,” what can you to put more gratitude into your life?