Gratitude's Song

By Steven Koster

August 31, 2017

Our September theme for the Today devotions, written by Rev. Ruth Boven, is “Gratitude’s Song.”

There’s a little children’s song that begins something like this: “Are you humbly grateful, or grumbly hateful? What’s your attitude?” Although written for a children’s musical, the message is clear for everyone.

Maybe you’ve gone out for coffee with friends or family, and decided you were going to treat the group and pick up the check. It was your idea; no one forced you to do it. When you paid the bill, some of your guests expressed their appreciation with kind words of gratitude. But others just seemed to accept the fact that you were paying: not a word of gratitude from their lips. How did you feel about that?

The Bible has much to say about gratitude, especially giving thanks to God or honoring him with praise. The Bible also talks about ingratitude, and the effect it has on both the ungrateful person as well as those around them. Recall the stories of the Israelites in the wilderness, or Jesus’ encounters with those who took his healing for granted.

And I’d guess every one of us has our own stories of encountering both grateful and ungrateful people. Yet we might be less quick to tell stories of how we ourselves have failed to show gratitude when it was due.

A former classmate of mine, Ruth Boven is a minister of congregational care in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As she has served the people in her congregation, she has observed the lives of those who are grateful in spite of circumstances, and also those who are not. She knows that true gratitude comes from knowing and loving God and desiring to serve him, no matter the situation. She writes from her experiences, focusing on “Gratitude’s Song.”

May you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word.

About the author — Steven Koster

Rev. Dr. Steven Koster joined Back to God Ministries International in 2006 and soon launched ReFrame Media with a fresh vision for media and technology to build disciples and communities in Christ. During his time as Director of ReFrame, he also served as the Executive Editor of Today. Steven stepped down from these roles in 2019 as he felt led to focus on new challenges, including doctoral research and their family’s bed and breakfast in Grand Rapids. He and his wife Deb have three adult children and enjoy leading pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment seminars. Steven continues to collaborate with Deb to produce our marriage and family ministry, Family Fire.

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