I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I’ve been reflecting recently on the incident during Jesus’ life when Jesus, traveling through Samaria, healed ten lepers of their dreaded disease. Only one returns to give thanks to Jesus. Were the others thankful? Of course they were, and most likely they rushed home to re-connect with their families and their lives. Many of them most likely had been separated from their previous lives for years. We can only imagine their joy, their sense of anticipation and hope as they headed home. They were so caught up and thankful for the gift, that they forgot, at least for the moment, the Giver.
Are we at times guilty of the same thing? So caught up and enjoying the many gifts we have been given, that we overlook the Giver of all that we have and are? Our praise and thankfulness needs to be radically Christ-centered. A discipline I am working on, that I think will help me not only stay close to my Lord, but also steer me away from a complaining, grumbling spirit, is to make sure I thank my God every time I say thank you to someone else. To make sure I connect the dots all the way to my God: to add a vertical thanks to the horizontal ones. I encourage you also to be radically Christ-centered in your praise and thanks. Connect the dots to Him. He deserves it, you know….