We are living in very ungrateful days! We are living in a time when the giving of thanks for some service done or sacrifice made is viewed to be more of a sign of weakness than of good manners.
Politeness has been horrifically undermined as our society drifts further and further from the scriptural influence that once was its most welcome of virtues. In many homes there is an absence of training children to be thankful.
Less and less do I hear parents out in restaurants or shopping venues who have given something to a child, ask the question, “What do you say?” (The correct answer would be -Thank you.)
I’m stunned that so many people have grown up with unthankful hearts – and have hearts that now expect to receive, or have rights to be supplied with all kinds of services and benefits.
My childhood training consisted of writing THANK YOU letters following a Birthday or Christmas when I had received presents from relatives and friends. I was taught, whenever someone had given me anything or helped me in a hard time, to acknowledge their kindness with genuine gratitude.
Today it seems as if you are selfish for wanting to hear or be honored through the words of authentic thanks. The point is this – Saying THANK YOU, and meaning it… is NOT merely a matter of politeness or good communication skills!
No – Thankfulness and saying thank you is a Christian mandate! It is to be the radiant fruit of the godly man or woman or child!
Parents! This has to be “trained into” a child! Being Unthankful is actually an ugly sin!
When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Rome he listed a few behaviors of sinfulness and godless living. One of the first of these was failure to be Thankful.
“They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness,” Romans 1:21.
Is there someone that you need to thank today? Someone you just “expect” to be nice all the time because “that’s just the way they are”? Do you feel that it’s a pain to humble yourself and honor the time, sacrifice and provision others have shared with you?
Remember this. When you do say “thank you,” say it in an act or with words that you personally would feel blessed by. If it’s flippant or forced, it’s not thankfulness at all.
“I will give thanks with all of my heart, O Lord my God. I will honor you forever,” Psalm 86:12.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.