Are we really thankful?


I am more and more convinced that we, as American believers, have yet to really understand what it means to be thankful. It is easy to be thankful when things are comfortable and maybe just a bit inconvenient.

I wrote this quickly this morning because it encapsulates what I woke up thinking. Please, forgive the crude poetry:


When morning comes and calls “Wake up!”

Do we rejoice in God’s great love?

Do we appreciate our nice soft beds,

And the shelter over our sleepy heads?

What if, by God’s own will and plan,

our jobs and homes were lost to man?

If we awoke beside a street,

Where people walk with hurried feet,

Would we still feel thankful?

If we had no idea what we’d have for breakfast,

lunch, or supper…

Would we still praise God and happily suffer?


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by memnan on May 11, 2009 at 5:24 am

    It might indeed sort some of us out…but I think history holds that there would still be some who truly hold to a gratefulness of heart no matter the situation. The heart indwelt and encouraged by the very Holy Spirit of God is stronger than that in mere feckless men:

    1 John 4:4 (New Living Translation)

    4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

  2. Nancy,

    We know Paul didn’t find it easy to be persecuted, beaten, cold and hungry, and left to die. He said “I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in.” May God grant us the time to learn this, as well.

  3. Thought provoking.
    Some of the most thankful I have met have been those who have very little. Also some of the most receptive have been those who have nothing as far as this world goes.
    Bless you Steve,

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