One of my favorite stories about gratitude is told in the gospel of Luke chapter 17. The gospel tells us that ten lepers were healed by Jesus. However, only one returned to give thanks. Jesus responds, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this Samaritan?” Luke 17:17-18 Now, we can assume that the other nine lepers were grateful. If you stopped any of them and asked them if they felt gratitude, they would probably answer, "yes." However, only one took the time to give thanks. Only one (the Samaritan) chose to act on these feelings - to “make a joyful noise unto the LORD.” Friends – there’s an enormous difference between feeling gratitude and expressing it. Pastor Andy Staley put it this way, “People in your life experience unexpressed gratitude as ingratitude.” Author William Ward says, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it.. is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” When a family member or friend does something nice for you, don't limit thanksgiving as a feeling. When a spouse or neighbor does you a favor, don't keep your gratitude to yourself, Be like the 10th leper. Act on it. Express it so that the blessings can multiply and the joy of thanksgiving can spread.
Most importantly, let's worship and give thanks to God every day. - Pastor Caleb