A Grateful Heart

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

These days, many people overlook thanksgiving. There are people who believe that good things they receive are well deserved and, therefore, do not feel obliged to thank anyone. Others are so selfish that they just want their welfare no matter who they run over. According to what the Apostle Paul tells us in his First Letter to the Thessalonians, who do such things are violating God’s will.

When I moved to the United States, I was extremely impressed with the celebration of Thanksgiving Day, which is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. I was impressed to see the solemnity of that day and as people gathered in homes to share a meal and thank God for all the blessings received during the year will soon be over.

I have been very involved with this national holiday of my adopted country. In 2006, for the first time since I moved to the United States, I spent the day outside the country. My wife and I traveled to her native Peru, where we celebrate Thanksgiving with relatives in the same way that takes place in North America. On that day we share with those present on the occasion to celebrate a special day to thank God and motivate them to continue to do so.

However, in recent years, I have seen, unfortunately, it has lost the spirit of the celebration of Thanksgiving in the America. With the emergence of Black Friday, just next day after Thanksgiving, many people are more concerned in taking advantage of special to shop than stop thanking God for all the good they received.

What is happening in the world that people no longer are grateful? In the 24th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, the Lord gives the signs of the end times. Matthew 24:12 says: And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. Whoever loves is grateful, but the lack of love is expressed with the lack of a grateful heart. Children do not thank their parents for giving life rather they believe their parents only have obligations to them. Spouses not thank each other for acts of service that manifest. And worst of all is that we give thanks to God for anything, because we believe that He is under our service for everything we crave.

When we repeat the Lord’s Prayer we say to God that His will be done. However, we refuse to make the will of God of giving thanks in all circumstances. Thousands of people die every day. Those who woke up healthy have a good reason to thank God for it. Many people in many parts of the world lack a roof or food, we have that, we should thank God every day for food, house and health, among many things we take for granted. Let live it with a grateful heart. God bless you.

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