“For what do you have that you did not receive?” — 1 Corinthians 4:7
below is a most excellent quote on thankfulness by Charles Spurgeon (shamelessly borrowed from the GirlTalk blog). and if you’re temtped to skim or skip it b/c it’s more than a few sentances – let me encourage you to resist that temptation! i almost did the same thing, and i’m so glad i didn’t!
“The fear of a man who really knows the love and goodness of God, will
be somewhat of this kind: He will fear lest he should really be, or
should seem to be, ungrateful. ‘What’ he asks, ‘can I do? I am drowned
in mercy. It is not as though my ship were sailing in a sea of mercy; I
have been so loaded with the favour of the Lord that my vessel has gone
right down, and the ocean of God’s love and mercy has rolled right over
the masthead. What can I do O Lord? If thou had given me only a little
mercy, I might have done something, in return, to express my gratitude.
But oh! Thy great mercy in electing me, in redeeming me, in converting
me, and in preserving me, and in all the goodness of thy providence
toward me;–what can I do in return for all these favour? I feel struck
dumb; and I am afraid, lest I should have a dumb heart as well as a
dumb tongue; I fear lest I should grieve Thee by anything that looks