One of my nieces asked: “Why do some people have such a hard time saying thank you?”
I had some quick possible reasons. Maybe these people had bought into the current “entitlement” and “self-esteem” silliness that is so prevelent in our society. After all, if you’ve been told all your life that you are the center of the universe and somebody does something nice for you, aren’t you entitled? Why say thank you for something that’s owed you? Or, maybe they had no parents or role models to teach them the value of thankfulness, kindness and thoughtfulness. Or, maybe they know to do it, but choose not to.
Then I began to think of my own lack of thankfulness. How many times have I neglected to thank people? Even worse, how many times have I grumbled and complained instead of thanking our God for every blessing He’s given me? I know what I ought to do. I’ve been taught, I see it in scripture.
James 1:16-17 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
1Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I have no excuse for being unthankful. So, my apologies for all the times I haven’t said thank you: to people who have been kind to me, to friends and family for all they mean to me, especially to our Father for everything–whether or not I can see the blessing in the gift.