“As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words,
but to live by them.”
by ~ John F. Kennedy
Words are easy to say. Backing up our words with our actions, now that is entirely different. In the same way that I prefer my children not to apologize and then turn around and do the same thing again, my heavenly Father prefers that I not say one thing and then turn around and do the opposite.
Like saying I am thankful for German's job, then grumbling about the hours he has to work.
Or asserting that I am thankful for the food on the table, and being resentful that I have had to cook it and will have to clean up after the meal.
Or by paying lip service to how thankful I am for my friends, who I in turn take for granted and do not call often enough.
The New Testament story of Jesus healing the lepers reminds us that thankfulness involves action. First the lepers had to act upon what Jesus told them to do! But when they realized they were healed, only one took the action to go and show his gratitude in worship. He acted on the feeling. He didn't just wave and shout "thank you," he did something about it.
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
I need to show my gratitude more freely in my actions, not just with pretty words. I need to live out my praise!
How are you living out your gratitude today?
Tami at The Next Step is our lovely hostess this week. Please visit her and encourage her (and see her great take on this quote).