“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” –Romans 1:20-21
What child hasn’t been told a thousand times, “Now, be sure to say thank you”? It’s part of good training. More than common courtesy, expressing gratitude is critical to the development of a child’s character.
I painfully learned that lesson when, as a little girl, I failed to say “thank you” to Aunt Kitty after she gave me (under my mother’s watchful eye) a charm for my bracelet. The next day I was on the telephone, rubbing my sore backside and apologizing, “Aunt Kitty, you will never know how grateful I really am.”
It’s an old story: Ingratitude carries serious penalties. Probably the oldest story is out of Romans chapter 1. It says that although men knew God, they failed to give Him thanks. And you know what happened next. God seriously punished them for their thankless hearts.
That should say something to you and me; because if a thankless spirit was the undoing of a generation long ago and far away, is it any different today? In fact, you know God far better than those to whom He revealed Himself through creation – that means that you have even more to be thankful for!
Look around you. The blessings abound: The smiles of children, the beauty of a glorious sunset, the comfort of a warm bed at night. Small and great, there are plenty of reasons to say to God, “Thank you.”
Lord, receive glory today through my thankful spirit. I am so grateful for who You are and what You’ve done. Show me more reasons today for which I can give You thanks.
Taken from Diamonds in the Dust. © 1993 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530.