The day after Christmas, one of my teenage daughters (about to turn 14) handed me a handwritten note on a sheet of notebook paper. The outside read, “Thank you, Dad!” and the inside was a very nice note thanking us not only for the gifts she had received on Christmas, but for the Christian upbringing that she was receiving.
I am sure that I don’t need to tell you how much it meant to her Dad! This handwritten note from her heart to mine was more important to me than any generic card that might have been purchased with money. It was purchased with her time and thoughtfulness, as she carefully wrote each sentence, trying to express to her father what was in her heart.
I have a Heavenly Father. Of all the names that He could have chosen for His relationship to His redeemed people, He chose “Father.” The relationship that God desires to enjoy with His born again children is like that which I desire to enjoy with my children; rather, my relationship with my children should be like that which God desires to have with His children. He is the great Example of Fatherhood. Now, if I take great pleasure in the love, appreciation, and thanks of my children, how much more does the great heart of God take pleasure in the same when it comes from His own?
Over and over again, the scriptures instruct us to be thankful. Just one reference will suffice for this thought:
Psa_100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Yet many born again people do not intentionally give thanks to God for His blessings in their lives. He “loadeth us DAILY with benefits” (Ps. 68:19), yet many, perhaps most, of these benefits are never acknowledged with genuine appreciation. We may send a generic card of thanks with a hastily scribbled signature at the bottom from time to time – but how often do we do as my daughter did, in stopping, sitting down, and carefully expressing our appreciation to our Father in heaven?
Develop an attitude of gratitude. Look for ways to bless your Heavenly Father throughout the day with genuine appreciation and thanksgiving – from your heart to His.
Thank you for reading. God bless.