Thankfulness has become something of a lost art form in our society. I’m not talking about the kind of thanks that is given to someone who performs a good deed. I’m referring to the thanks that is to be given to God for who he is and what he has done
It’s common for people to approach God with a beggar’s mentality. While there is nothing wrong with praying for material blessings (as long as these items are in accordance with his will), there comes a moment where you must take a step back and be appreciative of everything God has done for you thus far. Without a big picture perspective, you will always view God as a magical genie whose sole purpose is to grant your every wish.
Just imagine how terrible it would feel to have a friend who never calls or checks in to see how you’re doing. The only time they come around is to ask a favor. After a while you would start to feel that this “friend” is taking advantage of you.
Sometimes, we treat God in the same manner. We’ll come to him when we need something that we deem as important. Then we forget about him until the next crisis comes.
Psalms 100:4 instructs us to “enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” Aside from this, there are several scriptures that illustrate the importance of coming to God with a heart of thanksgiving.
Although there is nothing wrong with wanting more out of life, learn to be thankful for where you’re at during this exact moment in time.