God has had me on this theme of “thankfulness” for a while now. Nearly 4 years ago He began showing me that I had much to be thankful for. I’ve learned a lot so far. In a post called, What Am I Thankful For? I told about how I found a challenge from Ann Voskamp’s website. She asked her readers to commit to finding 1000 things to be thankful for over the following year. I took the challenge and actually came up with many more than that. I have continued the habit of writing in a small journal, all the things I am thankful for. I don’t always do it daily but I have accumulated thousands of entries and have had to start a new journal when the first became full.
All this to say, I have so much to be thankful for!
But, have you noticed people around you saying things like, “I am so thankful for…?” Or, “I am so grateful that…?” I have heard it in news interviews, I have heard it in passing conversations overheard in grocery stores.
To Whom are they thankful? They never finish it. But to be thankful, there has to be someone to thank. You don’t say thank you to your stove for cooking your food. You don’t say thank you to your car for getting you where you were going. There has to be a person to thank.
If you are thankful then there has to be someone to thank. Scripture makes it very clear.
“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” – Ephesians 5:20 (ESV)
“Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” – Psalm 106:1 (ESV)