If you wish to be thankful, get a heart deeply
humbled with the sense of
your own vileness.
A broken heart is the best pipe to sound forth
God's praise. He who studies his sins, wonders
that he has anything, and
that God should shine
on such a dunghill: "I was once a blasphemer
persecutor and a violent man—but I was
shown mercy!" 1 Timothy 1:13. How
Paul was! How he trumpeted forth free grace!
A proud man
will never be thankful. He looks on
all his mercies as either of his own
deserving. If he has an estate, this he got by
wits and industry; not considering that scripture,
that it is the Lord your God
who gives you power to become rich" Dt. 8:18.
Pride stops the current of gratitude. O Christian,
think of your
unworthiness; see yourself as the
least of saints, and the chief of
then you will be thankful.
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan