The words 'thank you' touch God's heart

When I was much younger, about 9 or 10, I remember (quite vividly) how my mother would work very hard to take care of my brother, sister and I. She would go to work early and come back late, sometimes working through the night just to put food on the table. What she was doing I would only begin to fully comprehend many years later. I remember she would cook for us and we would begin to eat and she would shout at us “You haven’t even said a simple thank you!” And my mom new how to shout! So it didn’t take long before we became professionals in the art of saying “thank you!” To my mother the words ‘thank you’ meant a lot. She didn’t expect us to feed her nor did she expect us to clothe her, but to receive a simple ‘thank you’ was more than enough for her. The reason I’m sharing this is because there’s not that much difference in how we relate to our Father in heaven. In truth we cannot really give God anything apart from our obedience and gratitude. God doesn’t need our advice, rather we need His. He doesn’t need our wisdom because He formed the world with His. And though He may test our hearts by requiring it, He certainly doesn’t need our money because He’s not poor!

As a child all we could really offer our mom was a little appreciation. To an adult that means a lot because it shows that their love is not being taken for granted. You can’t feed your parents (or guardians) at such a young age, so in essence you’re saying “I’m grateful for what you’re doing, thanks for showing me your love.” To God it’s the same. God’s not asking for your wisdom (as much as you believe you have to give Him!) nor your encouragement but rather an intimate relationship and a little appreciation means a whole lot to Him. In a way it all may seem a bit strange because it’s easy to look at God as some mighty being that lives up in the sky, so powerful and self sufficient, why would he need to commune with us? Why would a God so great and so awesome choose to create us to be so small and so complex and say, ‘I want you to be my son/daughter; I want you to be my pal.’? His ways are not our ways.

From early humanity until today, one of the reasons God has drawn back from man is because of our unwillingness to be thankful Romans 1:21. Imagine creating the world and everything in it, giving man the ability to dream, live and enjoy life and not even receiving a simple thank you. Those of you that are married know how much it means to receive a little appreciation from your spouse. Even at work, isn’t it nice when your boss thanks you even though you’re getting paid for your work? Throughout the New Testament Paul continually encourages us to give thanks to God. In fact he tells us “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Did you get that? It’s not only appreciating God, it’s His will. That means that’s what He really wants from us. So for everyone searching for the will of God here’s an easy way to begin, start thanking Him in the midst of everything. Good and bad, triumphant or challenged. To do that alone can be a challenge, but God really appreciates it.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
"The pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving." - H. W. Westermayer

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