I went to dinner the other night with some friends. They had a reservation for us at a pretty swanky place and introduced me to a group of truly amazing people.
When the check came, they snagged it and I didn’t get to pay.
I offered a clumsy “thank you” as we walked out, fully intending on conveying my gratitude before we got out the door.
I got snagged in conversation with a couple of the people I had just met, and by the time I got outside to say goodbye all I saw were the tail lights of their car as it cruised off into the night.
Oh NO! I didn’t want to be THAT person. The one you talk about on the way home because they couldn’t even say a decent thank you. I wanted to be invited back. Meet all these great people again. To have some more fun. To have a chance to grab the check and show my appreciation.
But I was concerned that my NEXT opportunity might hinge on my gratefulness and thankfulness for THIS opportunity.
Don’t read that last statement too fast….
I was concerned that my NEXT opportunity might hinge on my gratefulness and thankfulness for THIS opportunity.
What If That Is True About Life?
What if God doesn’t move us to the next level until we are grateful for this one – troubles, inconveniences, mess and all?
Always give thanks to the father for EVERYTHING… (Ephesians 5:20)
Blessed are those who have LEARNED to acclaim you… (Psalms 89:15)
…let us continually offer to God a SACRIFICE of praise… (Hebrews 13:15)
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In EVERYTHING give thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)
God makes His expectations obvious. Be thankful for everything. And there are great promises that come with thanking him anyway. Trusting Him in the ‘meantime’.
May the God of hope fill you with all JOY (I want it) and PEACE (I need it! – can I get an amen?) AS you TRUST in Him.(Thank Him in faith even though the manifestation of what we are praying for isn’t here yet). (Romans 15:13 and my thoughts too)
Are you tired of being where you are? Everyone may understand what you have been complaining about, but it still seems as though nothing you have done is working to get you out of that dumb place…
What do you have to lose by taking the time to find things to be thankful for and watching what ability that gives God to move you out of this place?!?!
We can’t stay here! We have too much to do in life!
If this spoke to you today, can I get an ‘AMEN’. “THIS IS ME”. “ME TOO”. Or, share your thoughts and insights. Our community wants to hear from you!
Oh, and about thanking my friends. I picked up my phone and texted them right away about how I hated missing them and thanking them properly for the wonderful evening. And two days later they invited us to join them again during the holidays. #thankfulnessatwork