Let’s say that you had a grandson, and you went out and built him the best backyard playground in town. You spent thousands of dollars on it, and invested countless hours to put this together. When you’re all done, you walk your grandson into the back yard to show him to new surprise. He first screams with excitement and then he cries because he thinks of how wonderful of a grandpa he has, and gives you the biggest hug you’ve ever received. Then for the next month, he can’t stop playing in his new playground and continually thanks you up and down for such a wonderful gift. Wouldn’t that make you feel good inside for blessing him in such a way? You would probably want to run out and do it all over again, just because he loved it so much and was so thankful for everything you did.

Now consider if you went through all that work and spend all that money, only to have your grandson go jump on the swing a few times and leave, and act as if you haven’t invested a dime in it. Never once did he show any appreciation, or thankfulness for all you’ve done. Wouldn’t that make you feel awful? Wouldn’t that make it hard for you to continue blessing him in the future?

How do you think God feels, when He’s done so much for us (He made us, gave us such wonderful bodies and minds, then when we messed up, He sent His son to die for us, etc.), and then we go throughout the day not even stopping to think about all He’s done for us? We’re too busy taking our children to the baseball game, watching TV, and countless other things… that we don’t even stop to think about all God’s done for us. How do you think that makes God feel? Do you think He gets overwhelmed with joy, and can’t wait to send us more blessings? If you were in His position, would you feel that way? Wouldn’t you want your people to be thankful for the goodness and blessings you have showered upon them?

When we are thankful for the goodness of God in our lives, it touches the very heart of God and encourages Him to shower even more blessings upon us. A thankful heart is truly a floodgate to the blessings and goodness of God in our lives!

Psalms 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

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