He who postpones his words of thanks or who forfeits his thanksgiving opportunity quickens and adds to his indebtedness.
Being thankful and giving thanks are not the same, but both are equally valuable. The former acknowledges credit while the latter renders credit to its rightful owner.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity. It releases one of many debts that no amount of money can satisfy. Even the exchange of good deeds can’t measure up to the value of thanksgiving and doesn’t always convey thankfulness.
A word of thanks cheers up the giver and widens the path of repeating favors.
Thanksgiving is a good habit. Along with thankfulness, it frees the soul of many debts.
Be thankful often, and always. Give thanks often, and always.
Favors, both merited and unmerited, are best valued with thankfulness and thanksgiving.
“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.””
Your “faith” has made you well. “What my Father from above has revealed to you” has made you well.
To the not-so-generous, thanksgiving can seem like an acknowledgment and admission of indebtedness. Nevertheless, give thanks and be thankful often, and always.