Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The art of giving thanks is one thing that separates man from the animals.

To receive a gift and say, “Thank you,” is one of the noblest things a man can do. There is nothing small or trivial about it. To say “Thank you” is to acknowledge that we have been given something we did not earn and do not deserve. Happy is the man who understands that all of life is a gift of God and that life itself is the ultimate gift. Which is why the Bible says, “In everything give thanks…” (I Thessalonians 5:18) When we can’t do anything else, we can always be grateful. As someone has said, “If you can’t be thankful for what you have received, be thankful for what you have not received.” So many folks want to grumble, groan and gripe instead of thank God for what He has already given to them. Rendering thanks to God is not to be an occasional act of God’s people, but it is to be a way of life.