Gratitude

When was the last time you said "thanks" to someone? When recently have you expressed your feelings of gratefulness to a person who has said or done something for you?
It seems we are in an ungrateful era. We assume we are due the things we are given and don't need to be grateful about them; they are the work of our hands not another. This attitude extends to expressions of ungratefulness to God for the food, clothing, work, roof over our heads, transportation, His mercy, grace, goodness, faithfulness, presence in our lives, direction, and wisdom.
Thanking a person or God is a way of honoring them. The Psalmist inspired by God said, "He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God." (Psalm 50:23) Further from being a way to honor God it is also a way to prepare our hearts to accept His guidance. God is always desirous of showing us His salvation. He does it in many ways but ingratitude blocks these revelations to us. Why would He show us the way if we are not grateful for the things He has provided and His presence in our life?
The Thank Offering followed an offering of consecration or atonement but was not the same as them. It assumed those had already been done and its offering was related to our attitude about God and His actions. When a person's attitude was grateful they saw His way before them and they realized in their soul how much God had done for them.
On a scale of 1-10, how grateful are you to those around you and also to God? Don’t assume you are a 9 or 10 but find out by keeping record of the times you say, "thank you" to people and to God in a day. You may be surprised at how much more thankful you could be.

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