Don’t know exactly where I came across the expression, maybe I thought of it myself (unlikely, but possible). Anyway, I say it all the time, so much so that people around me have taken to saying it too. It goes like this: unexpressed gratitude is ingratitude.
Ingratitude is a big problem because what we do not honor with gratitude in our life will disappear from our life. People, blessings, opportunities, whatever, if we are ungrateful or perceived to be ungrateful things tend to disappear from our life. Don’t know exactly why that is so or how it works, but I know it does.
That’s why a day like Thanksgiving is so important. We should not allow ourselves to overlook its value or gloss over its real worth as simply a free day or family time. It should be a day that includes some honest introspection about what we have to be grateful for and just how good we are at expressing our gratitude.
Thanksgiving is a basic form of worship. In the first instance all our thanks goes to God, the giver of everything. Thanksgiving time should include worship time, honoring God. If we are diligent in doing that, it will be easier to bring gratitude to all the other areas of our living (family, work, friends, leisure) as well as the things we have and hold (gifts, talents, health, wealth), and also the environment we experience (freedom, safety, peace).
This Thanksgiving don’t just stop with the turkey: there are abundant reasons to give thanks to God and before God.
Express your gratitude.