Learning to say Thanks


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“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1).

In preparing this weeks message I was challenged with the question, why do some people struggle to say thank you?  Many who struggle with thanking God, also struggle with thanking others in their own lives.

I remember a retired pastor friend sharing with me that a farmer once told him that he could see no reason to thank God.

The pastor challenged him to thank God for all the blessings of his farm.

The answer from the farmer was, “I broke the ground on this property.  I cleared the land and tilled the soil.  I planted the seeds, and worked to fight the weeds all summer.  I gathered the crops.  You should have seen this place when God had it.”

While this sounds quite humorous it shows an arrogant attitude that many people have when it comes to thanksgiving.  We struggle to thank others, because in thanking others we are admitting that we need others in our lives. Ultimately, we come to admit that we need God.

King Nebuchadnezzar, of ancient Babylon, was the most powerful man in the world looked at all he had and said,  “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30)   Immediately after this God confronts him on his arrogance and causes him to go insane.  Nebuchadnezzar lived like an animal for seven seasons.  When he came back to his senses he praises God and acknowledges that God is the one who brings and takes away power.

In approaching Thanksgiving, be sincere and praise God for all that He does in your life.  Be grateful from a sincere heart.

        For further reading read Daniel 4 .

– Be blessed on your journey with Jesus today.


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