I am grateful for being raised by parents who model gratefulness. I am also grateful to be married to a man who expresses his gratefulness daily.
Am I extra-special blessed, or do many of you live in such environments? I pray you encounter many in your daily life who show gratitude. It’s a huge thing. It affects your whole outlook on life.
That must be why God commands us to give thanks IN all things (1 Thessalonians 5.18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you) and FOR all things (Ephesians 5.20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ).
And it’s more than just thinking about thanks in our hearts. It’s also expressing gratefulness to those around us (because God is a God of relationships).
In my home, my husband and I tell each other regularly how grateful we are that God brought us together, that we are thankful to be married to each other. We thank each other for favors and kindnesses, large and small. We show we are grateful, and it blesses us both.
In our community, we tell people thank you for things we appreciate: the pianist at church this morning, the pastor for his message, the store clerk for her smile and courtesy, the workers at the assisted living place, doctors and nurses, and neighbors.
In prayer, we tell God how thankful we are for His many blessings. We name things we are thankful for (and there are SO MANY).
Expressing gratitude is akin to giving smiles and hugs: they bless both the giver and the receiver.