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If You Think You Thank

"If you think, you thank" — those five thoughtful words state a simple but sublime truth. Be "thankful" the Bible directs in Colossians 3:15, one of the more than 130 times the Bible uses words like "thank, thanks, thankful, thanksgiving." God compels us by repetition of this command to see that this is something really important to Him — and, therefore, important to us. Samuel Johnson said, "Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation. You do not find it among gross people." Scores of passages in the Bible compel us to see that God thinks that if you think, you thank; and if you are a child of God, you thank.  The following story reminds us how thoughtless and thankless we can become. I do not know the source of the story. It could have come off the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond," or maybe it occurred in your house or mine. Here goes:

Consider the case of the woman and her household. The division of labor was such that she did not work outside the home at that time, so she found herself doing most of the household chores. One evening she went to a PTA meeting, and her husband and oldest daughter got together and decided it would be a very wonderful thing if they cleaned up the kitchen for her. So they did. They put up all the food, wiped all the counters, washed all the pots and put them away, placed the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, and even remembered to put detergent in the thing and turn it on! They swept and mopped the floors and then sat down, and, overcome by their own nobility, they awaited her arrival. Two hours later, she returned from the meeting, walked in and took off her coat, hung it up, walked straight through the kitchen and Into the den, grabbed the remote control, plopped down In a chair, and began channel surfing on the N. Dad and daughter followed her over to the easy chair and stood behind her. Finally she felt them staring at her over her shoulder. She looked up and said, "What?!" Her husband said, "The kitchen." Her reply: "The kitchen. What?" Said Dad, "The kitchen. We cleaned up the kitchen. Didn't you notice? Ws sparkling clean. We cleaned it for you." The woman replied, "Yes, I noticed. Thankless Job, isn't it?"  James 1:17 reminds us it is the invariable nature of God to give good and perfect gifts. From food on the table to faith in the heart to forgiveness of our sins, God pours blessing after blessing upon us! I assure you I mean no disrespect for the Lord when I say being God should not be a thankless job. Take a look around at God's world and take a look in God's Book — in both cases, if you think, you thank!  "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.Psalm 100:4

Dan Gulley
church of Christ
Smithville, Tennessee