I thank God every day for…

We may have said it our self, or we have heard it used by others after escaping a harrowing event or because someone or something else was delivered from harm when expectations should have said otherwise. What is it? It’s the phrase, “I thank God every day for ….”

But honestly, is there anything that we give thanks to God for every day?

I’m not saying that there isn’t anything that we should give thanks for every day. I’m asking if we do as we should be doing.

When his disciples asked for a lesson on prayer, an expression of need and thanks toward an eternal God for daily provisions was a highlight in Jesus’ lesson (Luke 11:1-3). Likewise, I believe, as I’m sure most the readers here believe, that there are strong elements of daily thanksgiving that are found the Psalms, as well as other places in the Old and New Testament, that place an emphasis on a continually thankful heart that should be repeated in our daily lives (Psalm 107:1). So I don’t believe a lack of daily thanksgiving on our part is due to God not expressing a desire to receive it on his part.

At the end of the day, or the beginning, when it comes to thanksgiving, it’s not about whether we or someone else talks about thanking God every day for someone or something. It’s about whether or not God actually hears our thanksgiving for that person or thing as often as we say he does.

How about it? What should we, if we’re not already, start giving thanks to God for every day?

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 6:16-18)

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Weekend Nudge: Remembering to give thanks

Jesus told the story of the Samaritan leper who returned to give thanks, in Luke 17, our reading for yesterday. So that inspires our Weekend Nudge: Recall a moment when either you remembered to thank someone or show appreciation to someone for their kindness to you, or when someone else remembered to tell you thanks or show their appreciation to you for a kindness you rendered.

By his response to the former leper, our Lord was obviously pleased that he had returned to give thanks. Certainly, without exalting ourselves, we may find satisfaction when we ourselves remember to do it or when we see it done by others.

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