A thankless person cannot be a generous giver. Pastors and nonprofit leaders have been wringing their hands that Evangelical Christians typically give only 2.5% of their income. Why? In part, because we do not believe that God loves us deeply, provides for our every need, and has given us an amazing gift of freedom from sin and a right relationship with Him.
Kids are honest; they have not learned the adult behavior of politely disguising unpleasant emotions. My three-year-old recently received a dollar bill in the mail from Grandma. He almost immediately cast it aside and only begrudgingly called Grandma to say thanks. He literally didn’t know the value of $1 because we hadn’t taught him that those dollars have buying power. (We’re now working on that).
Contrast that reaction with the scene when I brought home a box of chocolate for his valentine’s present. He shook with joy and couldn’t wait to offer one to me and one to his dad because he was so excited about his gift.
I have to ask myself: what does my giving—of time, talent, and treasure—say about how thankful I am to God? You?