A Reminder to say “Thank you”

Psalm 65:9-10, “You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. 10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.”

From the time David, Daniel, and Reneé were little, my wife Connie and I have encouraged gratitude: “Say thank you!” “David, did you say thank you?” “Remember your thank you’s Daniel!” And it wasn’t just a one time reminder either. At times it seemed constant.

We are not born with an ingrained gratitude trait. Graciousness is learned. Even now, as an adult, I need to be reminded at times too.

How often do we really thank God. Without rain, nothing would grow. All too often we go to the grocery store and fill our carts with yummy produce, not looking up once to thank Him for the rain and the sun and the trees that provided it. We just complain that Bell Peppers are .85 a piece and almonds are $8.00 a pound.

Very few of us know what it is like to be hungry. The most any of us have to wait to eat is standing in a line at the buffet table or stuck behind five or six cars at McDonald’s drive-thru. We spout off learned blessings at dinner and follow the Amen with, “Pass the potatoes!” And it all comes from Him. He provides it all.

Take time today to thank Him for the land your feet walk on; the rain which grows our grass, flowers, and crops. Thank Him for the green leaves on the trees, the fruit, the vines, the fresh vegetables, and the grain. Thank Him for the flowing rivers and oceans, the ice-cold water on a hot summer day, and the delicious tasting watermelon. He loves us so much to provide such variety and such abundance.


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