Have you ever wanted to give more to people who are appreciative, take care of and use the things you give them, and are themselves generous? Proverbs 12:27 says, “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” A comparable Latin proverb says, “An ungrateful man is a tub full of holes.” Grateful people take care of and value the things and relationships in their lives, while those who are ungrateful take people and things for granted and even allow them to go to waste. Have you ever noticed, too, that grateful people tend to be happy, generous, and kind? Because they are a blessing, don’t you want to bless them, too?
“In our daily lives, we must see that is it not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” —Albert Clarke
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” —G.K. Chesterton
“Who gives not thanks to men, gives not thanks to God.” —Egyptian proverb
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy
“If you haven’t got all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don’t have that you don’t want.” —Unknown
“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach
“Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbon.” —Ruth Ann Schabacker
Have you ever received a gift and intended to write a thank-you note or call the giver but kept putting it off? Although, as a Greek proverb says, “Swift gratitude is the sweetest,” even a delayed thank you is still a sweet gift.