4 Reasons To Be Thankful

4 Reasons To Be Thankful

Posted by : Blyton Pinto | Spirituality

There are hundreds of reasons to thank God. It’s so easy to take a lot of things for granted but we should use our God-given faculties to recognize the reasons

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Life

The first thing we can thank God for is the very breath of life. How many people went to sleep last night but did not wake up this morning? Or how many who were with you in church or your office or public transport (you may not know them), the last week, are not living anymore? Life is very fragile and it takes only a second for it to turn upside down. God’s saving grace is twofold - He has done His bit to save our souls from eternal damnation, secondly, He saves our physical lives, every day we are alive.

Ephesians 2:8
“Because it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit”

 

Past, Present and Future

The second thing we can thank God for is our past, present, and future life. I’m sure your life would have had a lot of downs, suffering, and pain. But the very fact that you are alive and reading this is a testament to God’s promise to help us at all times. He never promised us only good times but He promised us His unfailing love and mercy, especially during troubled times. And of course, we ought to thank Him for the blessings.

Psalm 23:4
“Even were I to walk in a ravine as dark as death I should fear no danger, for you are at my side. Your staff and your crook are there to soothe me”

St. Pope John Paul II
“Remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm and look forward to the future with confidence”

 

Family

The third thing we can thank God for is making us be born into our current families. Yes, I do understand that some may not agree but the simple fact is, it could have been worse. Imagine the deplorable situation of people in countries ravaged by decades of war, famine, inhuman butchery, slavery or frequent natural disasters? Look at the images of young children who are victims of these situations. It could have been me. We are in no way luckier or superior or holier, but it’s purely God’s grace. And we pray for and reach out to those stuck in those countries. Everyone is made in God’s image and He reaches out to them, in ways that we, sitting safely, far away, cannot see.

Psalm 68:5
“Father of orphans, defender of widows, such is God in His holy dwelling”

 

Health

The fourth thing we can thank God for is our health. I personally would definitely be much happier with just enough money to run my household but have a healthy mind and body, rather than have a million dollars in my bank account but have a poor health of mind and body (think cancer, blindness, depression). I thank God for good health because I need it to work in order to provide for my family. Yes, another way is to win a multi-million dollar lottery but we are more likely to squander all the money and land in a position worse than before.

Finally, there are so many mundane things to be thankful for. All these I used to take for granted for so many years. Our jobs, finances, houses, cars we drive, returning back home safely everytime we go out, getting a parking spot in a busy shopping mall, good experiences and friends that our kids have at school, and on and on…..the list can run for many pages.

Colossians 3:17
“And whatever you say or do, let it be in the name of the Lord Jesus, in thanksgiving to God the Father through Him”

 

The secular world has different ideas about suffering, but as a Christian, I’m fully aware of the tremendous saving power that suffering has if we know how to harness it. Thanking God even for our suffering is a good way to start. I will write more about suffering in a future article.

In conclusion, it’s a good virtue to be thankful, to people and God. How much ever you thank God, it’s never going to be enough. But I’m sure whatever gratitude you show Him, will, in turn, bring more blessings.

For what are you thankful to God? Do you thank Him selectively or thank Him for everything that comes your way?

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Blyton.

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