Misplaced Gratitude

Have you every heard someone say they are blessed or that they are thankful for something?  This time of year, you probably are hearing that a lot.  There is something about the Thanksgiving holiday that makes people feel sentimental and think about what is right about their lives.  However, have you ever stopped to wonder if they know by whom they have been blessed or to whom they should be thankful? 

James 1:17 (New International Version) tells us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  The good things in our lives were given to us by our Creator God.  If we are blessed, it is because God blessed us.  If we have things to be thankful for, it is because God gave us those things.

Sometimes I think that our gratitude is misplaced.  We feel blessed because we did a good job at something.  When things are going the way they should, we are thankful because of the circumstances.  What we do and our circumstances are not the true sources of gratitude.  If we leave God out of our thanksgiving, who is left to thank but ourselves?  That is misplaced gratitude.  It is a prideful, self-centered sort of thankfulness.  We have nothing that has not come from God.  We are nothing that is not enabled by God.   

To just be thankful without knowing to whom you should be thankful is meaningless.   We need to give credit where credit is due:  to God.  God deserves our gratitude.  He deserves the glory for every good and perfect give that has been given. 

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