Did you know that the English word ‘thanks’ comes from the same root word as ‘think’?
And they not only share a similar background, they are related in another way. It seems the more we think, the more we thank. One woman illustrated the how thinking and thanking are related in a visit to the eye doctor.
She complained to her ophthalmologist that, as she grew older, her eyesight was getting worse. He examined her eyes and could not be encouraging about the future of her eyesight. But to his surprise, she did not seem to be upset.
She told him all she was grateful for . . . her deceased husband; her children and their families; her friends; the many years she has enjoyed upon this earth; her vast library of memories. She had done a great deal of thinking about these things.
‘My eyesight is getting worse,’ she summarized, ‘but I’m not going to fret over that.’
Her doctor later made this observation: ‘Her eyesight is poor, but her vision is better than most people.’ She clearly saw what many never see – all the good in her life. And she was content.
When we take time to think, and make time to thank, we see more clearly. It sounds like a good way to improve your vision.
2 Cor 9:11 “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”
Phil 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Col 2:7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. ”
Col 4:2 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; ...”
1 Tim 4:4 “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: …”
Rev 7:12 “Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. ”