While I was teaching at a Christian college, a talented young man pushed his way into my life. He needed one more course to graduate, so he decided that I should give him an independent study in writing. He would be everlastingly grateful if I would just do this—even though it required extra work on my part. The college dean agreed to the idea because of the young man’s abilities.
What a headache! He skipped appointments, missed deadlines, and rejected my evaluations of his writing. He even turned in the last assignment just hours before graduation.
After all that was done for him, you’d think he would have been grateful. But he didn’t express one word of thanks on graduation day nor in all the years since.
I don’t ever want to be that kind of person. I would rather be like David. When he was in deep trouble, he called out to the Lord for help (Ps. 28:1-2). Afterward, he remembered to give God thanks for delivering him (vv.6-7). In fact, David’s heart of gratitude toward the Lord is evident throughout the book of Psalms.
What about us? Do we have an ungrateful response to the Lord’s graciousness? Or are we, like David, unceasingly expressing our thanks to God for His goodness?
Putting It Into Practice
Is there someone whose kindness I've been taking for granted? How can I show that person gratitude today? In what ways can I show my gratitude to God?
When you count your blessings, it adds up to thankfulness.