When Was the Last Time You Thanked God for Anything?


If you read some of my earlier posts on God, it might seem that I hate him or that I don’t believe in him.  That is actually not true at all.  I believe in God, but dislike some of his followers.

I am a Deist—a word that really isn’t thrown around a lot these days.  It’s a religious belief that dates back to the Enlightenment and people like Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.

Fun Fact:  Did you know that Thomas Paine, the author of the inspiring pamphlet Common Sense, was shunned by the public during his lifetime for his religious beliefs?  People were afraid to associate with someone who wasn’t a Christian, and who openly criticized the Christian religion.

thank godAs a Deist, I believe that the world was created by God, but he doesn’t dictate our every move here.  He gave us free will to do whatever it is we choose with his creation.  He’s not sitting in Heaven with a big tablet, ticking every right or wrong we do.  He’s not going to damn us, or reward us, for this, that, and what have you.  I think God has better things to do than that.

People who pray often do so with a self-serving purpose.  They pray to get out of debt, to get a new job, to get rid of an illness, etc.  They want God to do things for them that they could be doing themselves.  Then they are disappointed when God doesn’t answer a prayer.   They lose their faith.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to let you in on a little secret:  God never answers prayers for you, especially when you ask for things that you are too lazy to go out and get for yourself.  And why would he bless you with anything when you rarely ever take the time out of your day to thank him?

By the way, when was the last time you thanked God for anything—such as the beautiful sky above you and the grass beneath your feet?  Have you been too busy asking God for material things that you have forgotten all about giving thanks for the natural beauty that surrounds us?

The next time you go out, why don’t you take a moment or two to appreciate the beauty of creation?  Thank God for it.

Heck, even if you are an atheist (which is fine by me), you can take a moment or two out of your day to gawk at some flowers or the blue sky and think about how lucky you are to be alive amongst such beautiful things.

Just be thankful for being alive!  That is much better than the alternative, don’t you think?

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  1. Popped in from SITS! I loved reading the facts about Thomas Payne…it’s amazing how so many people ahead of their time were social outcasts!

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    • Thanks for stopping by! :)

      And, yes, some of the most brilliant minds in this world had to endure a lot of criticism when what they said and did went against the status quo.

      It’s amazing to me that someone who inspired so many people with a little pamphlet written in plain English would be ridiculed over something like religion. I believe that very few people attended his funeral because of it.

      Some of us still haven’t changed our attitudes more than 200 years later!

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  2. Stopping by from SITS. While our perspectives are a little different on the details, I wholeheartedly agree, that we need to stop to say thanks to Him for what He has given before we start asking for something He hasn’t.

    I think there’s science that says Gratitude is linked to lower risk of heart attack and maybe longer life.

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    • Thank you very much for stopping by, Maggie! :)

      And I can see where gratitude might have some health benefits. You aren’t focusing on negative energy, you’re just thankful for what you’ve been given.

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  3. How many Gods have humans worshiped since recorded history ? Thousands and thousands.

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  4. iamsofree

     /  July 12, 2012

    I agree with you , and that is of course God does not answer prayers, how ever i believe he blesses the choices that we make if we stay consistent and truthful in them through hard work and great patience.

    And like_ http://dailyhottentots.wordpress.com/ says,” Man has a nasty habit of creating God(s) in his own image.”

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  5. I am not a Deist but fully respect your beliefs. I have a vibrant, living relationship with God as portrayed in the Bible, through the promised Messiah, whom all examined evidence points to is Jesus Christ.
    Everyone has a different story of spirituality and I respect those who sincerely seek a relationship with God, on any level. I, too, am perplexed by the behavior of many Christians. If they truly studied and lived the life of Christ, the perception would be so different.
    You are dead on about thankfulness and here is some Scripture to back it up. Also, a link to previous post I had regarding it. Thought you would appreciate. Thankfulness nourishes any soul. What you say is a time-tested truth the Bible teaches.
    “Thanks” for this wonderful reminder.
    Peace,
    Alexandria

    “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
    and then are angry at the LORD.” (Proverbs 19:3 NLT)
    “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” (James 4:3 NLT)

    http://simplysage.org/2011/10/19/breathe-a-sigh-of-gratitude/

    (Ann VosKamp wrote a book called “1000 Thanks”. She recommends keeping a “Gratitude Journal”.)

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    • Thanks very much for the thoughtful reply, Alexandria. I am going to look up that book by Ann VosKamp. I agree with keeping a “gratitude journal”. Doing something like that would help people find a silver lining in even the direst of situations. There is always something to be thankful for.

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      • There is. And we make deliberate choices to miss it. It’s not hard to write even three things each day to be thankful for.
        Here’s mine off the top of my head for today:
        1. A morning to just myself. Ahhh…
        2. The peaceful solution to a potentially big conflict at my job. Solved by phone. Ahhh…
        3. My repeat root canal redo cost me just $60. Ahhh!

  6. ashleyinnc

     /  July 14, 2012

    I love this post! I love the honesty and I love the fact that you point out the real hypocrisy in all of us…you are so right! I am going to end my comment and spend a minute being thankful! :) Happy SITS Saturday sharefest!

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