▪ “Foolish talking and jesting are not the ways in which Christian cheerfulness should express itself, but rather “giving of thanks” (Eph. 5:4). Religion is the source of joy and gladness, but its joy is expressed in a religious way, in thanksgiving and praise.” – Charles Hodge
▪ “Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all.” – Augustine
▪ “Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing—a grateful heart!” – Unknown
▪ “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
▪ “Strength, rest, guidance, grace, help, sympathy, love – all from God to us!! What a list of blessings!” – E. Stenbock
▪ “The failure to return thanks for definite blessings received is a manifestation of ingratitude that grieves Jesus Christ.” – R. A. Torrey
▪ “We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts. We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to us, and that we must constantly be looking forward eagerly for the highest good. Then we deplore the fact that we lack the deep certainty, the strong faith, and the rich experience that God has given to others, and we consider this lament to be pious.
▪ We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts. How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things?” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
▪ “It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular. Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful “in general.” It’s very strange. It’s a little like being married in general.” – Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
▪ “Whenever a man allows himself to have anxieties, fears, or complaints, he must consider his behavior as either a denial of the wisdom of God or as a confession that he is out of his will. To be always in a thankful state of heart before God is not to be considered a high plane of spirituality but rather the normal attitude of one who believes that “all things work together for good to them that love God, who are called according to his purpose.” – William Law
▪ “You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
▪ “From a heart overflowing with gratitude, we will want to honor and glorify God by gratefully offering back to Him the many good gifts He has bestowed on us. We will not go to church to be entertained, to see “what we can get out of it” for our own private gratification, but rather to praise and worship the triune God of grace and glory” – Anonymous