Wisdom Wednesday: Gratitude

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“Thankfulness is giving the gift of appreciation.” —John O. Reid

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.

About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

14 responses to “Wisdom Wednesday: Gratitude

  • Caddo

    This is just full of wonderful, Rene! Yes, it’s Way More fun to give to folks who are at least appreciative–but it’s been interesting for me, living in a complex where folks are crippled by their bondages, to hear the Lord sometimes say, “give to them anyway”. I confess I used to give “to get”–even if the “get” was just appreciation of “what a terrific person I was” (which often doesn’t pan out); but God is teaching me that sometimes it’s about showing mercy and grace–not getting anything back. Kind of a new experiment, to see what He’ll do with my offerings–and maybe I’ll see nothing, but my “get” will be that I obeyed Him, and that’s a great satisfaction. God bless you so Big–love, sis Caddo

    • Rene Yoshi

      I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you for mentioning the other perspective and potential motivation for giving. Even giving thanks to God with the motive of doing so to get more misses the point of giving thanks as a means of praise. Thank you, Caddo! ((hug))

  • Especially Made

    Wonderful thoughts! Happy Thanksgiving to you, dear sister! 🙂

  • Heidi Viars

    I love this reminder, dearest Rene. Yes, thankfulness is a key component to our fully lived lives in Christ. I am in awe of Jesus today, who gave His all to us … and especially when we were His enemies. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving!

  • heavenlyraindrops

    Thanks for the gifts of your words Rene. Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving holiday.

    • Rene Yoshi

      Thank you, Sue! Thank you, too, for the gift of your words and photos, as well as your friendship and being such a blessed sister in Christ. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, too! ((hug))

  • Randell Bell

    Gratitude from the lips pales next to gratitude from the heart.
    A sincere thanks always trumps an insincere gesture.
    A grateful servant pleases his master (God).

    Thank you Rene for your Ministry of Wisdom 🙂

    • Rene Yoshi

      Aww, thank you, Randell. I agree. Sincere gratitude is expressed by more than mere words. Even if a gift itself is not what we need or want, to see beyond the gift to the giver’s heart can help us to be sincerely grateful. Thank you, Randell. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Unshakable Hope

    Great post, Rene! My wife and I were discussing this subject recently. It’s fun to give gifts to grateful people, but it’s difficult giving gifts to an ingrate – especially your own kids:-)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • blessedart1111

    Hi Renee, i absolutely love this post and the message in it. I always say that when you are grateful for someone or something it shows in the way you steward over it. I love to give to those who are grateful, it only makes you want to give them even the more. Thanks for sharing Renee. I really enjoyed and related to this post.

    Be Blessed,


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