I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Everything the believer does — if only he does it as in God’s presence and as a service to God — it is a priestly service, well-pleasing to God. ‘Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10.31). ‘Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.’ (Colossians 3.17). In this way, all our actions become thank-offerings to God.
Andrew Murray, The Power of the Blood of Christ, p. 91
The beginning of men’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.
Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the small (and yet really not so small!) gifts we receive daily. How can God entrust great things to those who will not gratefully receive the little things from God’s hand?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
Growth in character occurs to the degree that we accept being forgiven as greater than life itself. If the gift is not what I see but how I am seen by God, then my gratitude knows no limits. It can grow immeasurably as I suffer through the loss of illusions, the death of dreams, and the shattering of success.
Dan B. Allender, Leading with a Limp, p. 146