Forgetting to be thankful is a sin (Rom. 1:21). God made us to be dependent creatures; dependent on Him and dependent on one another. None of us can do it alone, which means we need others to help us. It’s easy to take such help for granted and to sail right past those who sacrifice to enable us to move forward. These are less than perfect people but that doesn’t diminish the good they do for us. When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy he described a culture that was crumbling, and in that list of declining attributes he included the term “unthankful” (2 Tim. 3:2). Children (for example), are notoriously unthankful to parents because they assume that parents are supposed to do all those things for them. The older I get the more thankful I am for what my parents did for me. (Thank you, thank you, thank you, mom and dad!)
Certainly, we’ve all shown a lack of gratitude, and we’ve therefore, failed to express our thankfulness to others. As we look back at our lives there’s a long line of people who have served us and helped us in countless ways. Do you know who they are? Do you remember what they’ve done for you? Isn’t it time to say so? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have received such thanks for those you’ve helped? Well, get after it! Do it! Do it today! “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Col. 3:15).