Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving : for then it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer–1 Timothy 4. 3-5.
O my Father, Great Elder, I have no words to thank you. But with your deep wisdom I am sure that you can see how I value your glorious gifts–Kikuya Prayer, Kenya.
Offer your gratitude to God. Then you will feel inside you a sweet, fragrant and beautiful lower is growing. That is the flower of humility.–Sri Chinmoy.
God gave you a gift of 86,400seconds today. Have you used ONE to say THANK YOU ?–William A. Ward.
I was invited to deliver a lecture in Kashmir. The venue was an open place in front of the stage, stretching before us, we could see the great Himalayas. The topic was SHUKR —‘BEING THANKFUL TO GOD’—referring to bounties given to us by God. I asked, “If an angel comes to you and says. the whole of the Himalayas will be turned into gold and given to you on condition that both your eyes will be taken away. Will you accept this offer ?” A senior in the audience stood up and said with great sincerity, “What is the use of mountains of old, if we don’t have eyes to behold them ?” Responding to him, I said, “It means our eyes are more precious than mountains of gold”. Every individual is blessed with numerous and precious bounties in nature which are given by God, yet seldom would you find a person who acknowledges this fact and offers gratitude to the Divine from the deepest recesses of his heart. This is because we tend to take divine blessings for granted.
It is the culture of ingratitude that has ruined people’s sense of morality. If you are ungrateful to God, you will be ungrateful to man as well. Gratefulness is directly related to moral values. A society lacking in gratitude is also bereft of moral values. When you receive a benefit from someone, you say, “Thank you”. It is a tragic situation that the ‘thank you’ culture exists in form, wheras the ‘spirit’ of the thank you culture does not exist. It is nothing more than lip-service or a social courtesy. Acknowledgment leads to gratefulness, which is a source of positive thinking. Positive thinking results in all kinds of positive human values like love, patience, honesty and compassion for all.