Harvey Mackay once said:
“It’s only lonely at the top if you forget all the people you met along the way and fail to acknowledge their contributions to your success.”
Thankfulness obviously is not humanity’s natural ingredient. Humans aren’t exactly born grateful. We like to look at the things we lack and unwittingly diminish the value of everything we’ve already been given. Despite our natural tendencies, however, we need to sit back from time to time and count our blessings.
Put yourself in God’s shoes for a minute – strictly hypothetical of course since these are big shoes to fill – and imagine all the people talking to you only want your attention because they want something from you. How would that make you feel?
I’m sure God loves to be addressed when we are in need. Life is no joke. Bad things happen to good people. And yet, if prayer is used only in times of an emergency, then we really don’t know God very well. The apostle Paul wrote in one of his letters (1 Thessalonians 5:17):
Praying continually means that God is a genuine part of our lives. Our prayers have extended beyond emergency situations and we have an ongoing conversation with Him. As we go through the day we share our thoughts with Him, which is the good, the bad and the ugly. God is with us when we are at our worst and He is with us when we are at our best. He is the best Friend we will ever have, and for that it is easy to be thankful for.
As a happy side effect, thankfulness is a great way of combating negativity. It is easy to get depressed in times of trouble. We tend to focus on the dark side when we have problems. Gratefulness snaps us out of this way of thinking and turns our eyes to the bright side.
We need some joie de vivre especially in tough times. For our own sake and most importantly for God’s sake – let us be thankful!