This is a re-publication of an early post; it is an oldie, but a goodie…
Some Thoughts on the Nature of Thankfulness…
- Thankfulness is vitally linked to happiness.
- “Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.”
– Joseph Wood Krutch
- Thankfulness is the only basis for true contentment.
- Thankfulness sees the glass half full.
- Only the thankful can experience satisfaction.
- Thankfulness is the proper center of memory. (See, e.g. Psalm 107)
- To be ungrateful is to be forgetful.
- Thankfulness is the partner of humility.
- When we say ‘thank you’ to someone, we acknowledge our indebtedness to them. We confess them as our benefactor.
- Thankfulness flows upward. God never thanks us.
- The wicked and proud heart despises thankfulness as a weakness.
- “Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.”
– Joseph Stalin
- Thankfulness is fundamental for intellectual virtue.
- One cannot be a truly good thinker without being observant.
- Thankful people see more. And the more they see, the more thankful they are. And the more thankful they are, the more they see!
- Ungrateful people are blind to the most obvious of facts.
- Romans 1:18-22
- Thankfulness focuses on the giver, not the gift.
- Thankfulness assumes that someone – a giver – is there. Otherwise, it would just be called gladness.
- This is a great way to have the Thanksgiving holiday begin to prepare our hearts for Christmas.
- Thankfulness is central to the Christian life.
- Colossians 3:15-17