January 23 – Gratitude and Thanks

Today’s lesson is on gratitude and thanks. I have been struggling with how to show and receive thanks and gratitude.
After thinking about it and praying, I realized there is a continuum.
1. Nothing. No thanks, no nothing.
2. Thanking someone, including the Lord, for doing something.
3. Helping or doing something the person who you are thankful for normally does.
4. Doing something for the person you are thankful for that they would never do for themselves and it’s just a chore they would do.

I am usually in between step 2 and 3. It’s hard to get to 4. To me, I believe being at step 4 is showing the truest gratitude possible. All along remember that the person who you are thankful for isn’t doing the ACT for any one of the steps. They are doing it because it is right, good, and commanded by God
In Judaism, there are over 613 mitzvot or good deeds. Only one of them, attending a funeral, is the highest as the person you are doing it for can’t give you anything back.

“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1-16

“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!” – Psalm 50:23 ESV

Thanks to God is key. Those who do things for us are working on His behalf. We are blessed. We need to thank those who do for us and always praise Him for enabling those actions. We don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. These gifts and actions get us closer to full contentment.

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