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    The Importance of Gratitude

    Give thanks!

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    Does it make a difference if youíre appreciative? Letís plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

    Yesterday, my pastor preached a sermon on faithfulness and thankfulness from Colossians. The pastor isnít one of those guys who gives these lightweight sermons thatís all pure application. Nope. It all comes out of a deep theology and I greatly respect that.

    My wife also struggles with depression due to Borderline Personality Disorder and when we meet with people to talk about this topic, one of the things that most often comes up is the importance of gratitude. Try to go to bed with gratitude at the end of every day. If anything, just give thanks that the day is finally over.

    Thankfulness is extremely important. In Romans 1, we are even told that one of the reasons that the wrath of God comes on man is that they did not acknowledge God nor give thanks to Him. The danger with thankfulness not being present is it makes us take things for granted. That includes even the greatest blessings of our lives.

    Last night as I was going to sleep, I started thinking about this whole idea again. I have plenty of friends I know who are single and it is not because they want to be. I understand the pain very well. Until Allie came into my life, I had the same situation. You go to bed every night and you want someone to be next to you. As a guy, part of that is naturally wanting to be able to have sex, but also just being able to share your life with a woman you love and who loves you.

    If I cease to give thanks for her and the life we share together, am I not on the path of taking her for granted? I treat her as if sheís just obviously there, but she isnít. God doesnít owe me another minute with her. Should I not celebrate what I do have?

    Of course, every marriage will have problems and struggles in it. Thatís just going to happen when you have two sinful people living together and sharing their lives intimately, but all of those are worth it to get to spend the time with the love of my life. If I take her for granted, I will also be prone to mistreat her and let the relationship deteriorate.

    Also, next month, my wife and I will be celebrating nine years together. This is something incredible to me. Allie has been in my life for about a quarter of it. For her, I have been in her life for about a third of it. (I am nearly ten years older than she is.) How can I not give thanks?

    Sometimes skeptics raise the question about why God takes lives in the Old Testament. I always start this by asking the same question. What does God owe us? If we could say He owes us anything, itís justice. Here we receive mercy, which is something we donít deserve, and we complain about it instead.

    Many of you know that my wife and I donít have a lot of money now. Donations donít come easy when youíre not officially a 501c3 on your own and even then, itís still hard. It doesnít mean I donít give thanks. Everyday is an adventure in its own way. We have had super generous friends who have donated so much to us and we are extremely thankful.

    Two cases come to mind. At menís group at our church last year, we talked about coveting and I expressed how Allie had really wanted a Nintendo Switch but her folks said it was too expensive. I said it was hard when I knew my wife really wanted something and couldnít provide it.

    A couple of weeks later someone from the group spoke to my wife about that conversation. He ended up buying us a Switch.

    My wife and I also like the Pokemon games. I made a post about a month ago about how I would be saving up Amazon credit so I could get them both of us. A friend told us not to worry. When they came out, he would buy them for us.

    These are two blessings that come to mind. People donít have to be generous, but they are, and I have told Allie that if we ever get to the point of prosperity on our own, I plan to be generous. One of the greatest kindnesses you can do is go to your neighbor and help give them something they need or want. I can easily say I have not forgotten these blessings and they give me hope whenever I think about them that our situation can change.

    And you know what? When I find myself giving thanks like this, I find my mood does improve. I really do appreciate things and see so much more what blessings I have in my life. It leaves me in greater appreciation to the God who gives so much to me.

    Strange thing, isnít it? Paul is right. Giving thanks to God is extremely important. Perhaps we could all be improved by giving thanks.

    In Christ,
    Nick Peters

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    "Pure application" can be intellectually "lightweight" but very challenging at the same time. I mean, your whole post here is pure application. It's easy to give thanks when things are going well, but rather more difficult when things aren't going so well.
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    Gratitude takes time to develop. I have found it developed when I though I would lose things and people who were close to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    "Pure application" can be intellectually "lightweight" but very challenging at the same time. I mean, your whole post here is pure application. It's easy to give thanks when things are going well, but rather more difficult when things aren't going so well.
    In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God...

    (and Corrie ten Boom comes to mind, thanking the Lord for the fleas...)
    I have called you my friends.... Jesus
    Jn 15:15

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    "Pure application" can be intellectually "lightweight" but very challenging at the same time. I mean, your whole post here is pure application. It's easy to give thanks when things are going well, but rather more difficult when things aren't going so well.
    Sure, but that's when it's most important. What I mean by pure application alone is go to many churches today and the whole point of the Bible is all about how you are to be a good person and all of that. God is brought in on occasion if need be.

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    It's kinda funny this would come up to day.

    Since my daughter is still recovering, I've been helping out with her kids - I pay the cell phone bill for them (on my family plan).

    Her kids have always been so appreciative of everything, ALWAYS saying thank you, and sending me nice "I love you" crap.

    But her youngest - 13 year old spongebob - doesn't seem to get it. I paid for him to take a trip with his school club to Pennsylvania. They got stuck in a layover in Charlotte Airport, and he texted me to ask if I could put some money on his bluebird card for lunch. I did - never heard a thank you. I asked him to text me when he landed in Pennsylvania - never heard a word. I text him to let me know when they got back to Houston - nothing.

    So, I texted him this morning, and told him I was shutting off his phone 4 hours (I can do it with the flip of a digital switch) because he doesn't seem to be able to communicate with any of us unless he needs something. I explained that the reason he has the phone is so we can communicate with him, not so he can play games and "ask for stuff".

    My wife explains it as "well, he's a boy". His sisters BOTH are SO thankful and appreciative of everything.

    And this....

    Quote Originally Posted by Apologiaphoenix View Post
    Sure, but that's when it's most important. What I mean by pure application alone is go to many churches today and the whole point of the Bible is all about how you are to be a good person and all of that. God is brought in on occasion if need be.
    Spongebob treats me like I sometimes treat God.
    I have called you my friends.... Jesus
    Jn 15:15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    It's kinda funny this would come up to day.

    Since my daughter is still recovering, I've been helping out with her kids - I pay the cell phone bill for them (on my family plan).

    Her kids have always been so appreciative of everything, ALWAYS saying thank you, and sending me nice "I love you" crap.

    But her youngest - 13 year old spongebob - doesn't seem to get it. I paid for him to take a trip with his school club to Pennsylvania. They got stuck in a layover in Charlotte Airport, and he texted me to ask if I could put some money on his bluebird card for lunch. I did - never heard a thank you. I asked him to text me when he landed in Pennsylvania - never heard a word. I text him to let me know when they got back to Houston - nothing.

    So, I texted him this morning, and told him I was shutting off his phone 4 hours (I can do it with the flip of a digital switch) because he doesn't seem to be able to communicate with any of us unless he needs something. I explained that the reason he has the phone is so we can communicate with him, not so he can play games and "ask for stuff".

    My wife explains it as "well, he's a boy". His sisters BOTH are SO thankful and appreciative of everything.

    And this....



    Spongebob treats me like I sometimes treat God.
    So how are you going to treat Spongebob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apologiaphoenix View Post
    So how are you going to treat Spongebob?
    After I got his attention, I dished out some Grace.
    I have called you my friends.... Jesus
    Jn 15:15

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    That's how you're treated isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apologiaphoenix View Post
    That's how you're treated isn't it?
    More Grace than I ever deserve.


    (I guess that's what makes it "Grace", eh?)
    I have called you my friends.... Jesus
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