Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #29 --- Gratitude
Quotations on Gratitude
Thanksgiving is sacred to the faithful, hopeful and thankful heart. No people can be at their best and be sad and despairing. But the recognition of God, and joy, and hope, and thanksgiving link that people to God and are the elements of strength. The hopeful and thankful spirit is constructive. It builds up. It develops splendid character, upward, outward, Godward and heavenward. The greatest, grandest, happiest, most influential and useful people in the world have been the hopeful and thankful people.
---D.C. Coburn, The Democratic Banner, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1918.
The joy of thanksgiving should not be an annual outburst of praise only, but a daily attitude of cheerful trust. The realization of goodness should make us ashamed of our complaining and anxiety, and make us live lives of joy, “singing and making melody in our hearts unto the Lord.”
---J.B. Bunting, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Sept. 30, 1929.
No blessing that comes from God should be forgotten. He remembers the smallest deed of kindness we perform for Him, or in the name of Christ. Can we do less than imitate God Himself? He should be our example here as in other things. God forgets nothing, not even a cup of cold water. Let us have no forgotten blessings.
---Nellie F. Whitfield, The Oklahoma Christian, Guthrie, Okla., Nov. 23, 1899.
Count your mercies and you discount your miseries.
---Henry F. Cope, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 26, 1905.
If we are sincere in our expressions of gratitude, then to be consistent we must continue to acknowledge the divine blessing in all our days, not simply by verbal expressions of gratitude but by habits of our conduct.
---Milo Atkinson, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Nov. 29, 1919.
Remember the kindness of God in your past life, and let it be a source of confidence for future blessings.
---H.W. George, The Christian Alliance and Missionary Weekly, New York, N.Y., Nov. 15, 1889.
The goodness of God is the ground of man’s call to thanksgiving.
---W.A. Rupert, Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 23, 1913.
In our happiest times, the Lord of Life is to be remembered; for it is an appreciation of the good things of earth that stimulates the imagination to a zest of the good things of heaven. There is always summer with the Author of Joy eternally radiating happiness.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 26, 1932.
To show your gratitude, put your thanksgiving in the present tense.
---Earl L. “Jack” Sampson, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Dec. 21, 1950.
I urge upon you the upward look, the outlook look, the open hand, the kind heart, ever showing gratitude for what has been done for you by a willingness to do for those not so fortunate as you. The unselfish life is its own benediction upon the world and upon itself. And so I leave with you this thought from our Savior, that to lose ourselves in the service of others is daily to find ourselves in the Kingdom of God.
---R.K. Marvin, Vermont Phoenix, Brattleboro, Vt., June 20, 1902.
Only the one who in faith goes to God and gives to Him the thanks of a glad heart, enjoys the gifts of earthly ties and associations; only he receives blessings which are true benedictions of God because he places first things first.
---Oliver Breen, Sioux Center News, Sioux Center, Iowa, Dec. 2, 1943.
Gratitude is the proper spirit of supplication. But in our thanksgiving for past mercies, we cannot help but allow our thoughts to climb into the future tense.
---Charles H. Parkhurst, The Evening Telegram, New York, N.Y., Nov. 28, 1895.
When we count our blessings, we should ask God to help us recognize blessings when we see them.
---Mattie M. Boteler, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 16, 1918.
Gratitude is the noblest of exercises and has most to do with God.
---A.C. Morehouse, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, Jan. 1, 1899.
If we took time to say “Thank you” for all our mercies, there would be no time left in which to complain.
---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., October 1899.
Amid our showers of blessings ingratitude is one of the blackest sins. James Gibbons said: “Gratitude to God is a most acceptable form of prayer—it has been called the respiration of the soul—breathing in and giving out.” God has given us life. How blessed to cross the boundary that separates nothingness to existence—to spring from darkness to light! Any form of life is precious, but man is earth’s highest form of God’s creation, and this very fact perplexed the Psalmist, for he asks, “What is man that thou art mindful of him?” The Great Overshepherd cares for His millions of people.
---S.D. Harlan, The Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, Ore., Nov. 21, 1914.
A sense of gratitude distinguishes the large and generous heart. It takes a noble mind to appreciate mercy. If we never praise God for His goodness, if our prayers are not winged by praise, then we may seriously question the depth and largeness of our nature.
---William T. Ellis, Binghamton Press, Binghamton, N.Y., Nov. 23, 1917.
Gratitude is the mother of happiness and finds the joyous expression of her life in thanksgiving for benefits received. Thanksgiving is a spontaneous outflow of gratitude. We should praise and render thanks to God because He is the author of all that is good.
---Frank W. Luce, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 4, 1902.
We ought to give thanks to God because He is the real giver of all good, and because the giving of thanks to Him is necessary to our moral life. Humility, contentment and service follow real thanks.
---Watson M. Fairley, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Nov. 27, 1920.
The more grateful we are for our blessings, the smaller our trials will look.
---Daniel H. Tuttle, The Progressive Farmer, Winston, N.C., July 6, 1897.
There is something wrong if we stop rejoicing in the Lord as soon as our sky begins to cloud up.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Hull Index, Hull, Iowa, May 3, 1895.
Gratitude leads to better service, and is the expression of a noble soul. Gratitude tenders the heart and opens the fountains of love.
---W.H. Coleman, Ocala Evening Star, Ocala, Fla., Dec. 6, 1909.
No Thanksgiving prayer is complete without a Thanksgiving deed.
---Burrows Matthews, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 24, 1932.
By learning to give thanks to God we soon seem to have more to be thankful for.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 9, 1931.
It is a poor kind of thanksgiving that only confirms us in our own conceits.
---Henry F. Cope, St. Louis Republic, St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 26, 1905.
If there is anything more piercing and painful than a dagger to the human heart, it is ingratitude; and the world today is full of it.
---H.R. Butler, Atlanta Independent, Atlanta, Ga., May 22, 1921.
Gratitude signifies thankfulness for favors received. What, then, is ingratitude? It is the reverse. It denotes unthankfulness. Yea, more; sometimes an abuse of favors, and of the individual who confers them. It is not rendering good for evil--this is "the golden rule." It is not rendering evil for evil--this is retaliation. But it is rendering evil for good! Yes, it is rendering evil for good--this is ingratitude.
—W. Bullard, Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate, Utica, N.Y., July 14, 1837.
Ingratitude is spiritual suicide.
—C.A. Cornell, Panama City News-Herald, Panama City, Fla., Nov. 25, 1937.
Many [people] do not realize where they are or how much they have. The abundance of life is not in what we possess but in what possesses us. Nevertheless, we do well to consider reverently how close God's blessings really are and how many possessions we really do enjoy. ... God's gifts are all around us, if only we would know it. And more are waiting--if only we would express our gratitude to Him for those that we already enjoy.
—John F. Anderson, Jr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 20, 1954.
Gratitude is our loyalty expressed to our friends and to God for blessings received.
—Lorin L. Richards, Great Lakes Mission, Fort Wayne, Ind., November 1956.
The spirit of gratitude is always pleasant and satisfying because it carries with it a sense of helpfulness to others; it begets love and friendship, and engenders divine influence.
—Hal L. Taylor, Indian Israel, Holbrook, Ariz., November 1967.
The right to be thankful over past blessings and present divine favors carries with it an obligation of facing the future with expectation of God's continuing graces.
—Albert R. Bond, Baptist and Reflector, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 22, 1917.
Instead of “counting sheep,” try thinking of the Shepherd for all His many blessings He has given you.
—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., March 31, 1969.
Cultivate the spirit of Thanksgiving for it is one of the sweetest flowers that blooms in the garden of virtue. To feel thankful, to be thankful is a duty. To be unthankful is a sin which shows to others and reveals to others the absence of one of the chief requisites of real manhood. It is one of the weakest and worst faults one may have; it is a cloud having no silver lining.
—J. Miller Cook, Citizens Appeal, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 22, 1929.
The proper spirit of thanksgiving will lead us to manifest sympathy toward any who have less cause for gratitude. Thanksgiving increases, strengthens and develops character. It is really better to possess a thankful spirit than to have the things for which you should be thankful. "The abundance of a man's life consisteth not in the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15), but in the spirit which possesseth him. A really grateful spirit enjoys many times the things for which it is grateful; an ungrateful spirit enjoys its blessings but once.
—William M. Anderson, Sr., Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10, 1909.
Only the honestly thankful are truly dependent on God, and therefore only such are able to serve God acceptably. The true reward of a duty well discharged is the power to perform a larger task. God gives that power to those who really thank him.
—J.C. Barr, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 25, 1910.
Let us not forget the source of our blessings. In our rush for material things, let us not forget the Lord. May we count our blessings. If we fail to do so, our material abundance will someday turn to ashes in our hands. If we are to continue to be a strong Christian nation, we must give more heed to the teachings of Christ. If we would keep the nation spiritually sound, then our homes must be built upon a spiritual foundation. In our homes there must be a feeling of gratitude. We need the blessings which come from the daily living of eternal Christian principles. God help us all to count our many blessings often that we may ever be actively conscious of “what the Lord has done.”
—Ezra Taft Benson, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 22, 1949.
Gratitude is a contagious, power-creating, possibility producing, life-giving exercise capable of making you a more beautiful, grateful and loving person.
—Benny C. Boling, Eugene First Christian, Eugene, Ore., Nov. 13, 1977.
Gratitude is the fruit of careful cultivation. It is not inherited. A man may inherit a weak heart or a strong heart but not a thankful heart. The thankful heart results only from cultivation.
—John K. Edmunds, Northern States News, Chicago, Ill., November 1961.
Failure to express thanks for what we receive is one of the first evidences of forgetfulness of the heart, and those who deal thus with the blessings of God are apt to find themselves forgetting Him in their hearts. Gratitude should be cultivated carefully, and nothing contributes so admirably to the perfecting of this grace as the giving of praise and thanks.
—S. Norman Lee, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, Aug. 18, 1910.
Praising God purifies our spiritual atmosphere.
—Elam Franklin Dempsey, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 11, 1923.
Thanksgiving leads us to realize how very much God can be in life if we only possess discernment to realize His presence.
—John Edward Carver, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Nov. 22, 1937.
Thanksgiving quells repining, alloys anxiety, deepens our patience, and strengthens Christian endurance.
—Charles L. Cockrell, Garland News, Garland, Texas, Nov. 22, 1946.
Gratitude is the hymnology of heaven; thankfulness is the music of the skies.
—Eugene N. Duty, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 22, 1937.
Ingratitude is one of the greatest indictments against man.
—B.P. Fullerton, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 26, 1926.
"Count your blessings" is one song, and "Help somebody today" is another. If you sing one you should sing the other, for no person has a right to gloat over the blessings he has received who has not shared with someone who has need.
—A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Jan. 18, 1920.
If you have done someone a favor, forget it, but if someone has done you a favor, never forget it.
—Carl C. Gregory, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 30, 1923.
Gratitude is thanks for what we have received, but it is likewise a recognition and appreciation for what we are capable of giving to someone else.
—Ted L. Hanks, Spanish Fork Press, Spanish Fork, Utah, Nov. 25, 1981.
While giving thanks for bounteous blessings received may I not enjoin the need for us to pray that we may prove ourselves worthy recipients.
—Cary A. Hardee, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 21, 1923.
God’s eternal power and authority have been plainly discernible through what God has made known and what is commonly seen and known by all of us. We really do not have a rag of excuse available. Even though we know what God is, yet we refuse to acknowledge Him as God. We consistently refuse to thank Him for who He is or what He has done and is doing. We become foolish in an unconscious, complacent manner reflecting an uninformed stupidity. We plunge our minds still further into the dark behind a facade of “wisdom.” We exchange the glory of the immortal God for a imitation image or of creatures that run, fly, crawl or things that make a clinking sound on a counter where goods are bought or sold. When this is done God gives us up to be playthings of our own foul desires as we dishonor our own bodies. We deliberately forfeit the truth of God and accept an untruth. We give homage and service to the creature rather than to the Creator, when only the Creator is worthy to be worshiped forever. This is why we need to be reconciled to God! ... May each person have the courage to acknowledge his need to be reconciled unto his fellowmen and unto [God].
—Harry M. Davis, Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville, Ky., March 16, 1966.
Our thanksgiving must be for life itself, its trusts and its responsibilities and its opportunities. We must have a profound view of life and the value of the soul. We must know and realize fully that God means us for a purpose, that He has a work for us and that He is interested in us. ... Life comes directly from God and is kept up by God directly. ... Man without redemption is incomplete. Religion is not a thing which is added to a whole man, but a man without religion is a man minus something. But with the redemption of the Lord, man can rest and at the same time work. He can rest in peace with thankfulness and gratitude in the logical necessity of the final triumph of God, and through His triumph the triumph of man, and at the same time work out in outward activities the will of the Lord God. ... There is a God with an eternal purpose. Life has an eternal destiny which cannot be thwarted, which must conquer. This divine eternal purpose is in every soul and itself is life. And for this life we should be profoundly thankful. So when we think of the great amount of sin and suffering on the earth, we must also remember that there must be a greater light to cast such a great shadow. The purpose of life still remains. There ought to be a fundamental gratitude of every human being for this purpose, this destiny of life itself.
—William J. Eliot, Jr., Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 25, 1897.
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