Skip to comments.“Thanks Are the Highest Form of Thought”
Posted on 11/25/2011 9:25:07 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
My father once told me a story about when he was a boy. He said there was a certain man who every now and again would visit his family and give him 10 cents for an ice cream soda each time. Well, one day this fellow came a callin, but for some reason, on this occasion the dime wasnt offered. Being a little tyke who had become accustomed to the gift, my dad asked, Wheres my 10 cents?
He never got that dime again.
The man taught my father a moral lesson: Dont develop a spirit of entitlement. Its one that, lamentably, we so often forget to teach today.
G.K. Chesterton once said, Thanks are the highest form of thought. I do believe he was correct, but why exactly is this so? Lets explore the mindset of gratitude.
An ungrateful heart is an ugly thing. Just think about a spoiled brat who throws a tantrum when not given something he really wants. Or think about people who grow up but dont grow out of that state. It may be that person for whom you do a favor who then cant even manage a thank you; or someone who, even though youve done him innumerable good turns, wont lift a finger to reciprocate when youre in need. We also see this attitude in political protests such as the Occupy Wall Street movement; its members operate under an unabashed assumption that they have a right to the fruits of others labors. This, mind you, makes a perversion of charity. For charitable practice is only truly beautiful when the largesse is freely given and gratefully accepted.
(Excerpt) Read more at thenewamerican.com ...
"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thess. 5:8)
(Wonder why there are few posts in support of this article -- think you that godless liberals are the only ingrates?)
Again, thanks for taking the time!