Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. Warren Wiersby illustrated this problem in his commentary on Colossians. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later at his funeral, it was noted that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him.
Let us not get caught up in the attitude of being un thankful. This Christmas season lets make the commitment to thank somebody each day.
I want to thank each you that take the time to read The Word Heard Round the World. I pray that God will use it to bring you closer to Him each day.
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
- Philippians 2:1-4 (New International Version)
Dear Lord we thank you for all you do for us. We pray that we will take the time today to thank somebody today. In Jesus’ name, amen.