God our Father in heaven told the Jewish people he didn’t want their sacrifices of bulls and goats. In Psalm 50 v 14 and v 23 I read,
What I want instead is your true thanks to God.
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.
It is good to thank God and thank others.
I was speaking to an elderly man of over eighty years. He told me as well as being thankful he tries to make someone happy every day.
When one is thankful he is like a flourishing tree. Letting thankful words come out of his mouth cause his sap to come up within him; like a bubbling brook that overflows. Others want to be around him. When one is bitter and complaining he becomes like a withered tree. Others shun him. There is no life flowing out.
I think of the words of Jesus again from Matthew 13 v 12.
Whoever has will be given more, and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have even what he has will be taken from him.
There is a chorus that goes,
“Count your blessings name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
Try it. Don’t focus on what one doesn’t have but be thankful for all what one does have.
You will feel better. The gloom will lift when you start to be thankful. Practise being thankful.
We are privileged people living in the Europe. We have good education, health services, travel and many other benefits. We often forget to give thanks and take these blessings for granted. Young people have so many choices in their lives that it is easy for them to want more instead of stopping to be thankful and enjoy what one has.
One’s husband, ones wife, ones friend, a mother or father, professor or teacher will brighten up when he is thanked or receives a greeting card.
God is the giver of all good things. He is a good, good Father. Thank him.