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Thanks for What: Just Makes Sense

by in Soul Food

"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." (Luke 17:15-16)

Happy Thanksgiving from PlanetWisdom! We are so grateful for every one of you that comes to a conference or stops by this web site. When we hear stories about how God is working in your lives -- or how you have responded to Him by making wise choices -- we try to remember to thank Him. It wouldn't make sense not to; that's what we've asked Him for.

Ten percent of the lepers Jesus healed that day felt the same way. The other ninety percent rushed to the priests to get declared clean and get back to everything in their lives leprosy had stolen from them. Who can blame them for rushing? Who can blame them for being excited? But 9 out of 10 of them -- and about the same percentage of us, most of the time -- missed the most logical response to getting exactly what they had asked God for.

They didn't take the time to say thanks. Did they think the healing might go away if they went back to Jesus? Did they think God didn't care about hearing their thanks? Were they just that ungrateful? Whatever the reason, it was a foolish, short-sighted choice. Put another way: Telling God thanks for good things is always the right choice. Every time.

The Samaritan got it. For him, the gratitude was loud, physical (he got his body down on the ground), and humble. And that makes perfect sense.

Think: What keeps you from feeling grateful for the good things God does for you? What keeps you from saying thanks to Him when it's not Thanksgiving weekend? Would it make sense to thank Him louder or lower or more often?

Pray: Thank God today for all the good gifts you can think of -- and don't be afraid to get loud or bow low while you're doing it.

Do: Listen this weekend for the kinds of things other people say they are thankful for to get ideas for what else you can say thanks for, too.

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