With a Grand Canyon grin and hands hidden behind her back, she made her way to her father.
“Surprise!” she yelled as she presented her dad with a flower molded out of play-doh. Even though it looked like it got ran over by a bus, it boasted all rainbow colors—and then some.
Kneeling, he wrapped her in a big hug; his eyes sparkled with appreciation. “Wow. Thanks Sweetie, this is beautiful.”
We will never be able to repay our parents for all they’ve done for us. But when we show them our gratitude through various expressions of love, they are overjoyed.
Our heavenly father expressed his love through 1 John 4:10; “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” How often do we show our appreciation? Or do we believe God’s acts of kindness and mercy are rights and not blessings? Undoubtedly, we cannot repay him for all he’s done. However, our gratitude humbly offered, will be accepted. Every day we are alive, let us give thanks to God with a grateful heart.
Walking the Talk: Putting words into action
Create a Gratitude Diary as an ingenious thank you card to a deserving father. Every day God blesses you with the gift of life, record one thing you’re thankful for. It doesn’t have to be extravagant; it can be as simple as thanking God for his wonderful sunshine. Your Gratitude Diary can be an actual book or a word document. You can even choose to do a voice record on your phone, whatever works best in saying thank you.