A Thankful Heart – 2

“Papa, I have something for you in my bag. We have to give thanks,” he said. He was smiling bright as usual.

“Let me see?”

“Not now, when we get home.”

We climb up the stairs until we reach our floor. Once inside, he opens his school bag and showed me a ‘Certificate of Merit’ which he got from a competition in his school.

“We have to thank God for this,” he said.

“Yes, very well said. I will do the honor.”

“No Papa, I will say it by myself. I know how to.”

So, we closed our eyes to be in one heart. He thanked God, in the name of Jesus Christ, for every minute detail of His help during and before the competition.

As a dad, it was a proud moment to cherish for me for a long time. It was more of my son’s thanksgiving attitude that I would cherish more. It was a good lesson for me too.

A thankful heart is more valuable than gold. It cannot be bought nor can it be stolen.

My five-year-old son prayed for God’s help every night. He even asked Him to stand with him so that he might not fear standing before the audience. I heard him praying every night.

At least, we should thank God when we get what we asked for. Although we missed tons of things in our prayers; I meant we get more than what we deserve. Should we get only those things we asked, we would not have survived this far.

There is always, always something to be thankful for. We can be thankful for the people around us. Without their understanding and their help, life would be really hard. They are the one who makes life worth living.

What about thanking God for all the works He did behind the scene? In other words, for those blessings that can’t be seen, or even felt, we can be thankful.

Whether in our good and bad situation, we should be thankful. Not only thankful, we should give thanks. That’s how the Bible tells us to be. Let’s read here:

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for Christ Jesus in you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:20)

Sometimes we should be thankful for the adversities we faced on our way. For they could make us stronger in faith, it could be a renewing phase for our old and harden attitude.

However, it should not be taken as an obligation to be thankful. It should stem out straight from our heart. And that would be more acceptable to our God.

Yet we can ask God to give us a thankful heart. Or we can ask for revitalizing our once thankful heart. For it can get minimized in our busy schedule of life. We can spent some time alone and reflect on the work of God in our life.

It might be intended or unintended but a thankful heart keeps away the work of evil.

So this is about living a daily life. If I didn’t tell you the biggest reason to be thankful, it would be incomplete and misleading.

The most important reason to be thankful would be because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ paid for us on the cross.
With full of grace, mercy, and love, Christ Jesus was crucified. He took the pain for mankind. He was buried yet rose again from the dead. The price for our sin was paid, and gets us connected to the Father again; a place was assured with Him, one day.

Let us give thanks for this act of love for saving mankind!

Let us be thankful for everything!

A Thankful Heart – 1

“Lord, thank you for letting me use a normal and functioning brain, for more than three decades now.” I uttered silently, as tears rolled down my parched cheeks.

It was a moment of great joy for me. Never before in my life, I thank God for a particular organ functioning in my body. It was more of a thing, which I’d always taken for granted.

With a thankful heart, I write this piece, as I have been able to start reusing my brain. There was a time when I have been in the state facing uncertainty about my future.

Those twenty-five days of my hospital stay, in which VEEG (video-electroencephalogram) was done the whole time, was the first installment of my three long series of hospitalization.

In that long period of my hospital stay, I was blessed to discover the good side of certain people. In a way, I appreciate other people more. And I know that I will not survive in solitary.

“Come back in few days for brain surgery,” the doctor told us. Soon re-admitting and my surgery followed. I wouldn’t go in detail here as it was something I wanted let it go off, for a better hope.

Since I am not seeking empathy as of now, I will not go into the details of those hard times. It was a time that was gone, which I could endure through the help of my savior.

My brain, let me tell you, was something which I considered very private organ. When somebody told me, what to think and what not to think, I felt provoked. I wanted nobody to engage in my private affairs.

Most of the time, I used my brain, in my own way. Sometimes it helped me solved certain problems. There are also time it misguided me, I would say. Misguided mostly when I unplugged or failed to connect with my Creator.

Brain and heart balanced
A thankful heart; brain and heart coordination
When the heart and brain coordinate smoothly it resulted in building a sane person. The timely use of ‘yes or no’ in the most appropriate instances defined a wise person rather than having a very high IQ level.

Ostensibly, it was one of those very useful gifts, which was taken for granted all the time. But when some of the neurons got jammed, the real value was known. After several treatments, and/or repairing as I jokingly referred it to, it never was the same as before.

There are many other organs in our body which worked together as one entity. We should be thankful for that today, I am urging you now. The creator must be praise for His deeds! Thanksgiving for His loving-kindness, to that extent we are not even aware of, in our life.

At the same time, it would be more of an acceptable way of thanksgiving should we use our gifts for Him. If you are suffering, like some of us, still give thanks for it could draw us closer to Him.

Here, I have listed only one occurrence in my life. There would be many, if you reflect on your own life. The adversities you faced, which would draw you closer to God or even the smooth life you lived are worthy of thanksgiving.

The Psalmist wrote, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he (God) is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalms 118:1, 107:1) The love of God from the beginning, which transcend through our forefathers endures forever.
In His abiding love, he would take good care of generations to come. Conform to His will, first, and He will do the rest!

How to have a thankful heart?

A very straightforward and most accurate answer to this question would be: To let the peace of Christ rules our heart. That is because we can have compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, in Him. (Colossians 3:12-17)

When we are in consistently intact, with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit everything work for our own good, whether good or bad.

A thankful heart always possesses positive reasons to be happy. It does not depend on circumstances but comes from his heart. Even in very small things he can find a reason to be thankful. It is because he has been consistently connected with his savior.

In Him we can have contentment beyond the offerings of the world. Although we cannot see everything in His point of view, that little comfort we have, would bring out a thankful heart in us.

Let us give thanks to the Lord for everything He did for us. More importantly, for sending His son to die for us, this is the greatest gift of all. Be thankful!

Again, as the Psalmist wrote, let us conform here in his very words: “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalms 9:1)

Should you have witnessed the wonderful deeds of God; please feel free to tell here in the comment section.