Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Thankless Job

Last week my husband called me and shared about something that had happened during his work day. It all boiled down to the fact that he was irritated about sometimes having a thankless job.

I told him I knew all about that and understood how frustrating it was to not be thanked. That every day I completed mostly thankless tasks like washing clothes, folding clothes, making beds, loading and unloading the dishwasher, scrubbing the toilet, and countless other "little" things.

As you can imagine, that conversation ended abruptly.

The more I thought about our exchange I was convicted by the fact that every day I am the worst kind of offender. Sure I thank God for the obvious kind of stuff, but do I thank Him for the little things? You know, the things I take for granted. How about the trials or the things that are just there, but are none the less a blessing showered lavishly upon me? The answer is no, not often enough. The Bible doesn't tell me I should thank Him when he comes through on the big requests, but in everything give thanks.


Wow! Clearly I have a lot of work to do. Thank you Lord for continuing to refine me. Help me to be a thankful daughter and appreciate everything that comes from You.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Michelle said...

so true for all of us :)

Me said...

A great reminder. Something I fall short of quite often.

Thanks for your sweet comment and continued prayers. It means a lot.

Lila from Casa de King

Kathy C. said...

Good thoughts.

Sarah & Crew said...

Great post. Certainly something we all need to be reminded of. Thanks for sharing :)

blessedfamily said...

My friend and I had a similar conversation about thanking God for EVERYTHING... not just the big things. I think she got offended cause she told me I was a better christian than she was. I told her that I wasn't, that I'm learning just as she is.

Be ye thankful for ALL things... not only the big this but also the small things. Good message Steph! Great reminder.

Greg's Wife said...

Oh man, You are so right. I need to start thanking Him a lot more.


crispy said...

How true. Thanks for sharing your convictions so we can learn from them too.

Amanda said...

What a great reminder! Thank YOU!