This is the question I pondered as I pushed the cart out of the store after a frustrating discussion with my son. He wanted something; I said no. He sulked; I lectured.
I silently fumed at his ungrateful attitude as I counted all of his blessings . . . a dinner out with family at his favorite restaurant, a fabulous soccer game the day before and meal out after that, his getting to wear the pair of shoes he wanted to church and getting to ride with his cousin on the way to the restaurant afterwards. The list continued in my head with each step, until a familiar Voice interrupted my thoughts.
"What about your ungrateful attitude? How many times have you been told, 'No,' and sulked?" And I realize the lecture that I gave to my son could have been said in front of a mirror.
We are forgetful creatures, happy to enjoy the blessings we are given without remembering from Whom they come. Quick to complain when we feel we're missing out on something good, yet slow to remember to give credit when it's due.
Let's not be like those with darkened hearts and foolish thinking that know God but don't acknowledge or give thanks to Him (Romans 1:21). Let's not be like the nine lepers who were cured by Jesus, but did not return to show their gratitude (Luke 17:12-17). Instead, together let's
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
~1 Chronicles 16:8-12
Intentionally remember and give thanks with me today. As I continue my count to One Thousand, I ask you to share with me that for which you are thankful.
Because I need to give thanks for gifts #288 - 304
a nephew's decision to be baptized
dinner with family to celebrate
fried green tomatoes, shared
attending church and being surrounded by those I love most
money to buy what we need
a Voice to interrupt my self-righteousness
a husband's help when I have a headache
cuddling on the couch with the one I love most
a bike ride with The Thinker
holding his hand as we walked down the lane (and he didn't pull away!)
the thoughts of my beautiful accountability partners
His mercies are new every morning
much for which to give thanks