What character trait most clearly reveals a person’s moral and spiritual health? Is it love? Is it integrity? Is it kindness, cheerfulness, or trust? Opinions differ, to be sure.
Otto Friedrich Bollnow, in his essay Who Really Gives Thanks? said, “There is hardly any other quality of man that is so suited to reveal the state of his inner spiritual and moral health as his capacity to be grateful.”
Even if we may not agree with him, Bollnow’s opinion is thought-provoking. After all, Scripture emphasizes the importance of praising God for His goodness and mercy. Many of the psalms are the outpouring of thankful hearts. For example, “Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You” (Psalm 67:3). “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (100:4). And the apostle Paul urged his fellow Christians to give “thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
In light of this, take some time to recall the Lord’s pardon, His constant protection, His faithful provision, and His abiding presence. Remembering to be grateful will help you to stay in good spiritual health and will bring honor to Him.
So, think—then thank!
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
To His feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing. —Lyte
Giving thanks is a course from which we never graduate.