by Dennis Marquardt

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Thankfulness! (12 of 13)
Dennis Marquardt
Series: Book Of Nehemiah
Nehemiah 12:27-47

INTRO: Perhaps the most powerful and most undervalued attitude of the human heart is thankfulness!

A man by the name of Eddie Rickenbacker and several companions were lost at sea in life rafts for 21 days ... when finally found he was asked, "What was the biggest lesson you learned from that experience." He answered, "If you have all the fresh water you want to drink and all the food you want to eat, you ought never to complain about anything!"

The irony about having so much is that those with so much often are thankless so much!

The virtue of thankfulness influences all other virtues and attitudes of life ... thus it is the most powerful virtue of all!

ILLUS: Mother Theresa told this story in an address to the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994: One evening we went out, and we picked up four people from the street. And one of them was in a most terrible condition. I told the sisters, "You take care of the other three; I will take care of the one who looks worst."
So I did for her all that my love could do. I put her in bed, and there was such a beautiful smile on her face. She took hold of my hand as she said two words only: "Thank you." Then she died. I could not help but examine my conscience before her. And I asked: What would I say if I were in her place? And my answer was very simple. I would have tried to draw a little attention to myself. I would have said, "I am hungry, I am dying, I am in pain," or something. But she gave me much more; she gave me her grateful love. And she died with a smile on her face. Gratitude brings a smile and becomes a gift. -- Leadership, Vol. 16, no. 2.

Thus Psalm 92:1 simply states: "It is good to praise the Lord, and make music to your name..." and in Psalm 100:4 "Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name!" Eph. 5:20, "Always giving thanks to God the Fath ...

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