by Isaac Cantrell
Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Think for a moment…how many times have you thanked God for something TODAY? Once? Twice? NONE?
We have so much to be thankful for. The Bible even tells us to be thankful:
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It’s interesting that thanksgiving in our prayer life is related to possessing the peace of God. Let that one sink in.
I once heard a story of a man that was raised in a home where both of his parents were strict atheists. Nothing even remotely religious was ever taught to him growing up except for the fact that there was no such thing as God. One thing he WAS taught, however, was to always write “thank you” notes. Sounds funny doesn’t it? It’s true though – his mother was constantly writing thank you notes to family and friends for things they had done for her. It was one of the good things about her. As he got older he developed the same habit. He adopted his mother’s habit of being thankful and expressing that thankfulness to people through cards, notes, and letters.
One day it dawned on him how blessed he was. He had a house, food, money, family, friends, air to breathe, good health, and so many other things.
The thing that made it different this time was the fact that he didn’t know who to make the “thank you” note out to.
This began a wonderful quest that eventually led him to the scriptures which changed his opinion about God and he accepted Christ as His Savior and Lord. It’s amazing what a little gratitude did for this man, don’t you think? It’s amazing what it could do for us too if we’d just be thankful like we should be. It’s amazing what we take for granted.
Why don’t you try waking up each and every day and immediately thanking God for something. It could be anything: for Him letting you live through the night, giving you a good night’s rest, your family, friends, salvation, His imminent return, all of His wonderful promises, anything. It isn’t hard to come up with something when the list is so long! Each time our thoughts turn toward God we should thank Him for something. I think that would be a wonderful habit for each of us to adopt.
Try it and see how your life changes.