Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1Thes. 5:18).
This is Thanksgiving Week, and we redirect our attention to our benevolent Father from whom all good things come. On a typical day, we say thank you several times to different people – to our spouses for services rendered, to strangers who hold doors open to let us in, to drivers who have the right of way but allow us to make that problematic left turn, to anyone who says ‘bless you’ when we sneeze, even to police officers who stop us for a traffic violation but decided to warn us instead of issuing a ticket. We consider it rude not to appreciate someone kind to us. If every act of kindness requires a thankful response, then thanksgiving to God should be like a river flowing ceaselessly from each of us. But do we do that? Don’t we take God for granted? We complain aloud and blame God for every negative experience. But when things happen positively, we take the credit and fail to thank God. God should get all the Thanks!