Thankful people say, “Thank you,” and selfish people say nothing. Who would you rather be around? How do you think God feels about this unthankful attitude? Do you think He is happy when He supplies all of our needs, and we use them but never say, “Thank you” to Him when we receive them? What does that make us? Are we really thankful? People will tell you they are thankful, but are they really? I don’t think so. If we are thankful, we will say, “Thank you” no matter where we are or who is around. If we are not, we will say nothing, and go about our life as though we were owed whatever the other person did for us. Nobody owes us anything. If anyone is owed it is the Lord through whom all of our blessings flow. If you don’t think this is true, read Psalm 24:1. He owns it all, we own nothing, not even our life. He bought and paid for that too when He gave the life of His Son to save us from hell. We owe Him a debt we can never repay, and the very least people can do is say, “Thank you”, for all that He provides for us.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1:3-8 “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ: just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.”
Paul knew the Lord had given him charge over these young Christians in Philippi and he was thankful unto God for giving him the opportunity to encourage them, despite the fact he was locked up in a Roman prison hundreds of miles from Philippi. Not only was Paul thankful to God for this charge, but he was thankful that the church in Philippi was following the teachings of the Lord and he told them so.
If you are married tell your spouse you are thankful for God giving them to you, and tell them often. You just might be surprised how much happier your marriage will be. Everyone likes to know they are appreciated, and that is especially so with our spouses. If we tell them often we might be surprised that they start telling us how much they appreciate us in return. Thanks is only a six letter word, but that one word makes a very significant impact on the person who hears it. DThrash