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Forget Something?

by Nancy Canwell

The morning bell rang loudly as I told the sophomore Bible class, “OK, everyone! It’s time for prayer requests and praise.” The students immediately began with their requests:

“I want it to snow so I can ski!”

“I want to become stronger! I want muscles!” (The room erupted with laughter.)

“I hope I get asked to the winter banquet.”

“My puppy keeps wandering off.”

“Everyone is sick, and I don’t want to catch a cold.”

There were some more serious requests, and I knew that God wanted to hear both kinds because He loves these kids. But then a boy in the back row raised his hand and changed the direction of our prayer time.

 “I’m thankful for the sunshine!” he said with a smile.

“Whoa!” I said to the class. “Did you hear what Grant just said? He’s thankful for something! Don’t you think it would be a good idea to spend equal time telling God what we are thankful for? We’re good at telling Him what we want, but too often we forget to tell Him ‘Thanks’ for all He does for us.”

No! Mine!

Twenty-year-old Aaron was a student missionary in Asia and stayed in the home of a missionary doctor. One night the doctor came home with a box of cookies for his young son.

“These are for you,” he said, “because I love you.”

His boy took the box without saying thank you and hurried off to his bedroom. His dad watched with concern. But then he had an idea. He waited long enough for his boy to get the box open, then said to Aaron, “Come with me and watch this.”

They went in, and the doctor knelt in front of his son. He kindly asked, “Can you share one cookie with Daddy?”

His son clutched the box tightly to his chest and shouted, “No! Mine!” then turned his back on his dad.

The dad was stunned, disappointed, and embarrassed. He just got up silently and left the room.

“I’ll never forget that moment,” Aaron told me. “He hadn’t asked his son for a cookie because he was hungry. He wanted a relationship with his son, and two people can’t have a relationship if one always gives and the other always takes without so much as a thank-you.”

How would you feel if you spent your entire allowance on a gift for your best girlfriend’s birthday party, and she didn’t say thank you?

How would you feel if you took your free Sunday to help a guy in your class fix his bike, and he rode off without a word?

How would you feel if you cleaned more than your share of the house, and your parents walked right through without noticing?

You’d probably feel hurt, used, and unappreciated.

It’s the same in our friendship with Jesus. If we’re always asking—always taking—without saying thank you, it’s not much of a relationship.

Nine who forgot

 There’s a story in Luke 17:11-17 about nine lepers who forgot to say thank you. And every time I read it, I feel sorry for Jesus!

Ten lepers saw Jesus and cried out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (verse 13). Jesus knew the law stated that a priest had to declare them “clean” and then they could return to society. So He simply told them to go and show themselves to the priest. On the way all 10 were healed! One of them was so grateful that he ran back to Jesus, threw himself at His feet, and thanked Him.

Jesus asked the man, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?” (verse 17).

It seems so ungrateful of them, doesn’t it? Ten men were given back their very lives, yet only one returned to thank Jesus.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a busy time. We get all wrapped up in travel, getting ready for company, cooking, eating till we’re stuffed, and then maybe watching a football game.

And there God is.

Waiting . . .

Waiting to hear what we’re thankful for.

This Thanksgiving, don’t forget! It’s a great time for Jesus to hear these words from you:
“Thank You.”

Nancy Canwell writes from College Place, Washington. She’s a writer, speaker, and former youth pastor. She has written the Review and Herald 2015 junior/earliteen devotional book, He’s Got Your Back. It’ll be available this fall.

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