“In everything, give thanks……………..” (I Thess 5:18)
It’s pride and ingratitude that makes an individual to look down on others who are less privileged than himself. When you create time to appreciate flawed people and imperfect gifts or talents, you’re on your path to a life of gratitude. Learn to be grateful for every help rendered by your little child while doing your gardening or in the kitchen; for your little sister help to arrange your ward-robe or for that awkward show of affection by your spouse.
Be grateful that your body organs are functioning well even though they’re getting old. You need not wait for the feeling before you’re thankful because the thinking and doing, leads to the feeling. Beloved, “give thanks in all circumstances” calls for a deliberate decision, an act of the will, not an emotional response. That’s why in America they have Thanksgiving and not Thanksfeeling day.
In a book written by James Dodson (1998) titled “Final Rounds” in which he narrated the final month of his father’s life; he had a rare privilege of taking his father to one of the best golf courses in the world to play the game of golf. His Dad asked him about his marriage and family and James was evasive in his response because the couple has been engrossed with work with no time for each other.
Lamentably his father said: “I wish I could slow you both down…the danger of great ambition is that you work so hard, you may someday wake up and find that the things you really wanted were the things you had all along” There are chronicle of examples of great missionaries who died with regrets for mistakenly neglecting their families to die of terminal illnesses with little care. Many great achievers in all field of life endeavour left behind trails of habit of ingratitude to those who helped them reach their greatness. Therefore, you don’t need to add to the statistics.
Be grateful for those things you take for granted and don’t wait until they’re taken away from you.