Typically, thankfulness is directly proportional to the assistance received; in other words, a person’s level of gratitude is likely (again I say likely) to be great if the assistance that has been provided is great. You can see this in just about every facet of life. If your service is great at a restaurant, the waiter/waitress is likely to receive a nice tip. The friend that sacrifices his entire Saturday to help you move on short notice will likely receive more gratitude from you than the person who committed to help you move months in advance but only stopped by for a few minutes during the move to tell you why he wouldn’t be able to help. Crime stoppers is likely to give a greater reward for the one who provides a lead to the capture of the notorious serial killer as opposed to the person who reports observance of a citizen who is guilty of jaywalking.  I liken this application to the point to Jesus makes with Pharisee in Luke 7:40-43. You should know that God did the most for you when He sacrificed His son on your behalf; if He never does anything else for you (though He will), you owe Him all of the gratitude and praise you can give Him in a 1,000 lifetimes solely for the things He’s already done for you. I challenge you this day to develop, as a good friend of mine often says, an attitude of gratitude towards God (first and foremost) and toward others as well. Col 3:17 states, “Everything you do or say should be done to obey Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.” The link below features a song I recorded in effort to give thanks to God in my own way; it’s just one of the many ways I try and express my gratitude to God. How do you or will you express your gratefulness to God?

Thank You Lord by Mike Danger http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_9660405

I’ll leave you with a phrase I’ve coined. A heart full of gratitude has no room for complaints and cynicism!

MD 5/18/12