One of the things in life that causes much happiness as well as unhappiness is probably the concept of Thankfulness. We get a feel of achievement and fulfilment when we have done something to somebody and that person shows, with a positive attitude, their appreciation in the form of thankfulness – and vice-versa.
What is your attitude of Thankfulness?
Winston Churchill once said: “Attitude is as mall thing that makes a big difference”. That is also how God would like us to give Thanks to Him: with good attitude.
How Not to Thank God
Sometimes we get a “thank you” just in terms of words and we can see from the attitude of the person that there is no real meaning or intention of thankfulness behind it.For example: the toy of a boy is taken away from him – maybe as a form of discipline. When that toy eventually gets returned to the boy, he will grab it and hold it close to his chest. His mother will command him to say “thank you” and the boy will mumble the words “thank you”, while frowning at her. His whole body language and attitude does not show any signs of thankfulness, but rather “justification”.
We are very much the same as that the little boy: We mumble “thank you God” when we get on an emotional high, because it is expected of us to do so, but we quite often fail to show a real attitude of thankfulness.
God’s attitude of Thankfulness: His Will and His Command
God’s attitude of Thankfulness is, just like the mother, commands of us to be thankful: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]. In everything; in our prayers, in all the circumstances – we are commanded to take our minds off ourselves (our own toys, worries) and look for the positive and rejoice for what God has done in our lives.
However – it is also God’s will for us – as it is written for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [1 Thessalonians 5:18].