Whenever I remember the favour I have received from family, friends, peers and loved ones (mostly anonymously), I feel an aura, like a deep sensation, and leap joyfully from the good memories. Such is my gratitude.
In my mother’s tongue (Yoruba language) there is an adage that goes: Bi a ba se’ni loore, ope la nda (One ought to give thanks when favoured with kindness). Another adage says; Eni to ba dupe ore ana, ari omiran gba (One who gives thanks for yesterday’s blessings will get more).
I sense, however, that gratitude has dual meaning; a worldly one and a transcendent one.
In the worldly sense, gratitude is a feeling that occurs as interpersonal exchanges between two Individuals who receive valuable benefits from each other.
But in the transcendent sense, it is the act of reverencing God for HIS grace regarding our existence on earth and God is deserving of our reverence every moment of our lives.
The story of the 10 Lepers in Luke 17 is a good biblical reference as regarding Gratitude:
12: And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 :And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14: And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16: And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17: And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18: There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19: And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.Luke 17:12-19 (KJV)
After the lepers were healed, only one returned to thank Jesus. This leper’s act of gratitude caused Jesus to pronounce him fully healed by his faith.
Brethren, it is good to imbibe the act of gratitude consistently; whether in good times or bad times, when circumstances, situations or issues of life are smooth and when they are not.
This is because, in the same way that David, Hannah, Mary, and Jesus received great eternal rewards from their acts of gratitude, great will be our reward in heaven when we do likewise.
Don’t be like the nine lepers that were blessed and moved on. Stop…..and give incredible thanks for all God has done and is still doing in your life from January till this very moment!
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
Your existence should be an act of gratitude!!!