Day in and day out a mother engages in endless activity for her family. There is constant cooking, laundry, shopping, planning, etc. to be done. It truly is a thankless job. And I’m not sure about you, but I rarely hear “Thanks Mom.” Could it be that no one notices? Could it be I’m taken for granted? Regardless, my human nature craves hearing those two little words. So, in order to make sure I receive it at the conclusion of doing something extraordinary for my children, I mumble, “Thanks Mom.” My act proves to be a subtle reminder to my children that it would be nice to hear some words of thanks now and again.
Fortunately, my heavenly Father is less selfish and more humble than I. Day in and day out, He lavishes countless gifts upon me. He doesn’t point them out. And, he does not nudge me to be grateful with verbal reminders. So I ask myself, have I even stopped to acknowledge the chores in my life as blessings or do I groan at the thought of them? Have I thanked my Father today for these privileges? A spouse and children to love are gifts. A home and the privilege to care for it, a blessing. The clothes on our back and shoes on our feet that need washed, folded, ironed or shined, all gifts. The list goes on and on. Most importantly, our Father gave us the gift of a Savior to save us from our sins. Wow! Why is it then that we waste our energy feeling sorry for ourselves for having to do so much and not be appreciated? Is it that we are that thankless child forgetting to say “Thank you Father”?
When we focus on the repetitive and mundane in our lives and consider it that, we miss the point. All these hats we wear and things we do are a blessing and a privilege. We must turn our desire to be praised into praise for the Father. It is in this simple act that we find the joy and peace that can only come from our relationship with Him. I’m not saying we shouldn’t encourage and require our family to learn manners. But, how powerful would it be for those around us to learn gratitude from seeing ours in action?
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NIV)