A Heart of Gratitude

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The little boy looked up at his father and grinned from ear to ear. He said, “Thanks, Dad!” as he gently rubbed his hand over the new baseball glove and then, with a balled fist, pounded it into the glove’s center. He had wanted a new glove for weeks, but he didn’t know how to ask for one. Yet his dad knew him well enough to know the desires of his heart.

When was the last time you thanked your heavenly Father for something that He gave to you? Maybe you don’t feel as if you’ve received much lately to be thankful for. If that’s the case, it’s time to look deeper.

This young boy hadn’t dared to ask for a new glove because he knew his family was having financial trouble. Instead of lamenting over the difficulty, he became determined to keep using the glove he had. His father, however, had noticed his son’s desire and turned to God in prayer. He didn’t know how the Lord would answer, but he believed God would. So he also began to thank God every morning for hearing his prayer and answering this simple request.

A few days later, God provided in a miraculous way.

Your heavenly Father has a solution for your situation. Whenever you express gratitude to Him, His heart is filled with great pleasure because He knows that you have learned how to be thankful in all things.