I often read about the importance of gratitude and you likely do too. Reading about a character that would bless others is one thing but how often do we neglect to ingrain that character into our own heart?
Here is an example of ingratitude that reminds me of the 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus. Only one man returned to thank Jesus for healing him of leprosy.
There was a shipwreck on Lake Michigan. A powerful swimmer, then a student at Northwestern University, rescued twenty-three people before he finally collapsed.
Some years after, in Los Angeles, Dr. R. A. Torrey told the story about this young man’s concern and his heroic deed. To his astonishment, he found that the young man, now an old man, was in the audience.
In talking with the rescuer, he asked him what was the most significant thing about the rescue, the thing that stood out most in his memory after all these intervening years.
The rescuer dropped his eyes and in a low voice said, “Not one said, ‘Thanks’!” (The Sword of the Lord)
It is incredible that this man saved twenty-three lives. That takes great strength as a swimmer, not-to-mention many loose their own life attempting to save someone who is drowning.
He should have had a newspaper article written about his sacrifice in saving so many lives but did not receive the recognition from even one person whom he saved.
3 Parts to Showing Thankfulness
When we receive a gift or act of service from someone, it is because they extended grace. We live in a society where selfishness abounds and often no thought is given to thankfulness. The grace given is ignored or the person is totally unaware of the gift.
When gratitude whelms up in an individual’s heart it is because he has felt the debt that he cannot possibly repay enough thanks. He is intensely aware of the grace extended and gratitude springs up in his heart.
I want to ask you, have you expressed gratitude to anyone recently? Today?