Grateful vs. Ungrateful

For many generations, children have been taught manners and to say please and thank you - and really mean it.  There’s nothing like hearing AND saying “Thank you!  Thank you very much!” when it’s said with a truly grateful heart.  It puts a smile on the face of both the giver and the receiver!

So, it’s rather disheartening when you see some kids (and adults) today that seem to feel like they’re owed nice things and have a right to receive them.  Sometimes they even complain when they’re given a gift that’s not exactly what they wanted – and expected.

Upon reflecting on this, I realized that we, too, sometimes act like spoiled, ungrateful children when it comes to our relationship with God.  Imagine how He must feel when we neglect to thank Him and take what He gives us for granted.  Sometimes we even get mad at Him if He doesn’t give us exactly what we want!

Just like any good parent teaches their child to have manners and a grateful attitude, God does the same with us.  In fact, He commands us to give thanks!    1 Thessalonians 5:18

So, this Thanksgiving and Christmas and throughout the year, let’s examine our hearts and ask God to forgive any ungratefulness we have and to help us renew our commitment to give Him, and others, our heartfelt gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Striving for an attitude of gratitude...
With love,
Martha

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.  Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.  Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.  Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”  John Henry Jowett, minister of Westminster Chapel, London 1918-1922

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  1. JodyB_5 posted on 11/14/2012 09:43 AM
    Thank you Martha, I could not have said this better. This is something that has been on my heart for quite a while. How do you teach people to be thankful in such a give-it-to me now world. Our Women's ministries group is actually doing a series on thankfulness through Christmas. Thanks again, Jody
  2. evgamache posted on 11/14/2012 10:13 AM
    Thanks so much, Martha! As a mother of two young children, we strive to sincerely say "thank you" to one another and to God as frequently as possible!
  3. Tom Burkley posted on 11/14/2012 11:34 AM
    Keep up the good work, Martha. What you do changes lives...like mine! Thank you for the excellent words. Happy Thanksgiving
  4. KimM_18 posted on 11/14/2012 11:36 AM
    Thank you Martha and well put. I have a personal experience dealing with an adult family member at Christmas every year who never seems to appreciate what she receives. She almost always has a criticism. She is married into the family and is a foreigner, so I am not sure if it somewhat part of her culture or not. She grew up quite poor and now is married to my very wealthy brother, so it's just one of those strange things.

    Our family still has everyone exchange gifts and we always fret about what to get her, it gives a horrible feel to the holidays and makes the rest of feel like not buying her anything. I certainly know the celebration of Jesus' birth is not about the gifts, but we give gifts out of love. It's just hard when it should be a time of joy and celebration and you know that your bound to hear a complaint. Tears come to my eyes feeling the stress of it all.
  5. SharonB_9 posted on 11/14/2012 11:41 AM
    Thank you, Martha! As we raised our family of children we always stressed "Thank you!" and " You are welcome!". Now they are grown with families of their own. My husband and I thank the Lord daily for all the Blessings He gives our family! <3
  6. markoxo posted on 11/15/2012 07:24 AM
    Thank you Martha, I listen to your show, and Spirit, all my days-you and it have changed me so much-and I was just praying about this in my morning prayers, that even tho i do not have my wife and a home of my own anymore, i am thanjful that i have a room i rent, thats mine, in someone elses home-helps them as it helps me...i thank God that at least i am in a safe place to live, but that i have a roof over me at all, and my feet are not wet and frozen...praise God for that, amen. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and may God continue, to bless you.
  7. NatashaM_2 posted on 11/17/2012 08:31 AM
    Thank you Martha,I appreciate your reminder to us all and how you tied it in with a scripture. Thanks, Natasha
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