Developing Thankful Giving and Dismissing Greed

Season of Greed Giving?

Give Me More!

Have you moved enthusiastically into the season of thankful giving? The season of Christmas giving seems to run parallel with the season of greed and sometimes with the season of complaints about what we don’t have, what we want, and all the extra work created with the pressure of the season. The other dayI heard an advertisement on the radio where the main character was trying to convince the audience that he could purchase this new television he wanted and then claim it was a ”family” gift. That way he could get the new television he wanted that would make him the happiest. Greed seems to be the motive and his attitude certainly didn’t represent thankful giving.

Do you find yourself feeling less than thankful in your Christmas giving? Would you like a thankless heart? David Dewitt suggests 10 ways to make sure you have one.

1.) Be happy about nothing in your life
2.) Believe that you deserve every good thing in your life and more that you don’t yet have
3.) Take all of your blessings for granted
4.) Expect everything in your life to always go your way
5.) Find satisfaction in nothing: nothing you have, nothing you do
6.) Complain about everything, everywhere with everyone
7.) Thank God for absolutely nothing
8.) Take credit for the blessings in your life
9.) Figure out something that you don’t have that you want and get fixated with it
10.) Be negative when anything goes wrong.

The list seems silly when we read through it as this is certainly not a way to find happiness in life and no way to find a giving heart. But we live in a society that seems to constantly tells us we need more, should have more, and certainly deserve more. Look out for number one and then you can add other people into your concerns.  The world says that if we have more, then we will find satisfaction with life. Sometimes even the best of us find ourselves in the season of giving with attitudes that seem to transform into a less than thankful giving attitude. In these cases, we are much like the Israelites as they complained about what they didn’t have.

Then the foreign rabble who were traveling with the Israelites began to crave the good things of Egypt. And the people of Israel also began to complain, ”Oh for some meat!” they exclaimed. “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!” Numbers 11:4 – 6

Wanting more is not a new dilemma. People have had less than thankful attitudes for thousands of years. When we only see the things in life that we don’t have dissatisfaction quickly settles in. This creates not only a season of complaints but a season of wants and thank less giving.

Are you grateful for what God has given you or do you find yourself consistently thinking about the things you want? You must not let your wants to cause you to forget God’s gifts of life, food, health, work, and friends. Maybe it is time to see things from the view-point of Thankful giving instead of Complaint Giving.

Complaint Giving List and Thankful Giving List

During this season of Christ, as you celebrate the greatest giving gift that was undeservingly presented to all mankind by God, change your attitude into a gratitude of thankful giving. Giving thanks to the LORD for He is good and His love endures forever. This phrase is found in the Bible many times telling us all to offer thanks through giving to God.

Why should you give thanks? 1st Timothy 6:6 ”“ 8 reminds us that when we entered the world we had nothing and when we leave we will again have nothing. Learning to be content with what you do have while here on earth is necessary for you to begin to see things differently and more as God would have you to live.

Success is not what you have but Who has you. Click To Tweet As you move into an attitude of thankful giving this season let the Christ Child have you for then you will find true success.

Have a Thankful Thursday,

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Works Cited 
Dewitt, D. (2006, November). Getting Rid of the Grumbles. Mt. Orab, Ohio, United States of America.

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