A human being fully alive is a person bursting with praise and overflowing with thanksgiving. It’s the kind of thing you see everywhere in the book of Revelation, and it’s God’s invitation to join the celebration of praise and thanksgiving that’s already underway in heaven.
Real living is giving thanks always, for everything, in all circumstances.
But I don’t always give thanks.
Some time ago I detected a conspicuous absence of thanksgiving in my heart. There was nothing there. I checked. God gave me His flashlight and we both looked down deep inside the internal well of my heart, and it was dry. I was thankless right from the very bottom of my heart. So God and I just looked at that dry well, both of us knowing there was something terribly wrong. I was barely alive.
So, God started teaching me thankfulness by showing me His goodness and opening my eyes to His good gifts. The well of my heart started filling up, and thanksgiving started spilling over. It felt good.
I know that thanksgiving should permeate all of my life. That means celebrating and being thankful, suffering and be thankful, resting and being thankful, struggling and be thankful, succeeding and being thankful, failing and being thankful. My heart’s not there yet.
But God gave me another lesson today. He showed me what a grateful heart looks like as my wife shared with me the prayer of our 8-year-old son, David:
“God, you are so good. You make everything and you share everything with us. You don’t ask us to do anything but trust you, and you give us everything. All I can say is THANK YOU.”
I can honestly say that I am thankful to God for a son who just schooled his father in the attitude of gratitude.