This is an interesting question. If you are anything like me, around Thanksgiving is about the only time you really think about being thankful. But now this question makes me wonder: what did I thank God for yesterday?? Well, if I’m guessing correctly, I thanked him for the day, Himself/His Son, the cross, maybe my friends/family, maybe being financially stable, having a place to live, or maybe the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The probability of the things on that list that I actually gave thanks for diminishes towards the end. Uffda.
Now, I don’t ask this question just to publicly confess my lack of showing appreciation for all that God has given me and done for me, or even to condemn anyone else who has done likewise. Our God is a God of mercy and kindness; he won’t actually take away things solely because we didn’t thank Him for them. If he does take things away, He does so with a much bigger plan in mind. Part of that plan may simply be to replace whatever was taken away with more of Him. Then again I’m not God, so my perceptions of the matter are merely speculation.
Some of you may wonder that if showing/not showing appreciation for the gifts God has given us has little to no affect on our salvation, then does the question really matter? Well, if we, as God’s creation, enjoy being thanked for something we’ve poured into great amounts of time and effort, then doesn’t God enjoy being thanked for things He’s dedicated great amounts of time and effort into even more?
Now, what would happen if I remembered to thank God everyday for the things on that list, and then some? What if you did something similar? I pray it wouldn’t become a list of religious jargon, but that it would be used as a way to remember how much life would suck without God. If it was used as a remembrance, not as a chore but as actually being thankful for God’s gifts, then just maybe this can be another outlet for us to know and experience Him even more.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:15-17