The thankful heart

‘Oh my God, I’m so grateful for this gift o, you have no idea’ says a woman

‘Thank you, God bless’ with a sad countenance by another woman.

As much as I don’t want to use my personal story to tell this, I can’t find another.

Not to show off, I decided to do giveaway in my local church few days back, there were not things I didn’t need, actually they were gifts I had owned and treasured, so yes, it moved me a bit giving it out but it was God’s instruction.

I wrapped them and had to give two women, I have given you the reply I got. Of course, I don’t know the heart of both of them, maybe in movies we watch, the happy one who expressed hers was even mocking and the sad countenance woman was truly grateful but couldn’t really express it.

Now, I’m distressing but let’s learn this too, human beings are different, that you gifted someone something whether needed or not and the person barely expressed appreciation doesn’t mean they are not grateful. But really, who doesn’t like to be thanked?

That you desire to be thanked doesn’t mean you have started to be proud, we all like to know that what we did was meaningful at least making sure the glory goes back to God.

The more reason I am writing this is to really do a comparison between what I felt and what God could have felt when you gave a cold response to what he blessed you with.

Back to the story, I gave the second woman first, but her countenance was just confusing me, did I do something wrong? She was not as excited as the second woman I gave. A part of me wanted to regret, thinking I could have probably looked for someone who would appreciate it more because she needed it.

I was elated with the second woman, I felt like I should have done more, so much more than the other woman. I felt like going in and bringing more gifts just because she was appreciative. She beamed with smiles and couldn’t stop saying thank you.

God is not a man, definitely not, but I felt that message and thought to share “How do you show gratitude to God?”

A song writer said ‘when praise goes up, blessings come down’

God blesses you or even surprises you , are you quick to say ‘you deserved it, afterall, you have been serving in his vineyard, thank you Lord’?

Many songs actually gives a good lyrics about how we don’t deserve all his goodness but is that the state of your heart?

Do you beam with smiles and thank you to God when a blessing comes to you? Well, you say it’s not until you roll on the floor, you could be civilised about it by standing up and singing with that low voice… the ones that roll on the floor probably depicts how much they are grateful.

Now, I’m not saying you have to roll on the floor, but let your spirit, body and soul praise God for sure. Let your heart not be saying another thing while your body language is giving another signal.

‘It’s not been rosy, what you got from God is so little compared to what you wanted’, maybe that’s the heart of the first woman. Whatever you might be facing, he hasn’t come through for the big things, what of the little things, like your waking up, food to eat, etc?

Thank Him for the seemingly little things, I know you say you deserve more. Let him see your gratefulness first to surprise you for that big thing.

Am I to remind you what happens when you are that grateful? I wanted to do more like I said, and I’m sure many will feel that way or had felt that way before, how much more God?

Whenever you are in the presence of God(not necessarily church), praise God with everything in you, let your body language speak as much as your heart is speaking.

Take a moment to remember all he has done, little and big and joyously say ‘thank you Lord’ with your body kneeling or raising of hands.

Or you say ‘God knows I’m grateful’ why not open your heart and mouth and say it. My God is a lover of ‘words of affirmation’. It’s his love language too(more on this later).

Just to add, whenever your friends give you something too, be it small or big, learn to appreciate well with gestures and words. Do not say thank you while giving a grinning smile.

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Author: Faith Adegboye

ADEGBOYE FAITH is a Spirit-filled daughter of God who is passionate about a consistent personal relationship with the Father. She is a Medical Laboratory Scientist, budding photographer, designer, speaker, blogger, singer and counselor. She is also the originator of https://faithfulwrites.com, which covers all aspects of spirituality, health, etc generally with the goal of insuring her corner. She's an award winning writer; winning the 3rd place position at Deraconteur's Writers Club writing course (1.0)

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