Westside Baptist Church of York  
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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!"
Psalm 107:1

What, dear Reader, should we do to cultivate and maintain a thankful spirit for the many benefits we enjoy from the hand of the merciful God of heaven?

When we compare what we have with what others have, we probably will not be thankful. We are inclined to compare our health, wealth, and life experiences with those who have more or better than ourselves, rather than with those who have less or worse than ourselves. A man who has no shoes is prone to bitter thoughts until he sees the man who has no feet. He then learns that he was richer than he knew.

When we compare what we have with what we had, we may not become thankful. For a variety of reasons, our condition in life may deteriorate rather than improve. Injury, sickness, old age, unemployment, divorce, floods, hurricanes, and our own imprudence and vice may diminish our health and wealth and "quality of life". In such a case, gratitude may languish.

When we compare what we have with what we want, we will not grow in thankfulness. The word "satisfied" comes from the Latin "satis", meaning "enough". The word "covetous" in the New Testament part of the Bible, written originally in Greek, is the compound word "to have more". When we do not think we have enough, we are not satisfied. When we want to have more we are covetous. Thanksgiving does not thus flourish.

But when we compare what we have with what we deserve, then the soil is right for the growth of gratitude. Then we can say in our hearts with Jacob (Genesis 32:10): "I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies ... You have shown Your servant." Then we can echo the words of David (Psalm 103:10): "He (the LORD) has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities." Indeed, each of us has much to be humble about; and thankfulnes thrives in a humble heart.



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