Do We Think To Thank?

July 2nd, 2010


In Deuteronomy 2, God speaks to Moses and gives him instructions for the Israelites as they prepare to enter the Promised Land. God’s message to Moses includes a reminder for the Israelites about God’s provision for them during their wanderings in the wilderness.

You know, in my life, I have never lacked anything either. That’s not to say there haven’t been some lean or difficult times. Instead, what I have suffered all too often is a lack of gratitude for everything I have had–even when it’s just been enough.

The words “think” and “thank” both share the same root word. It’s as if to say that gratitude for all that we are and have begins when we pay attention to the grace we have received.

The apostle Paul came to understand this. He said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want”.

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