Written by Bill Grandi on November 17th, 2023


There is a profound difference between thankfulness as a concept and thankfulness as a practice. This is true in so many ways. Take, for example, car companies. Every year they have a grand extravaganza of a car show.  Included in this show are “concept cars.” Cars of the future. Cars that are dreams of people. But in most cases, they remain concepts. I’ve seen some wild ideas that are just that…ideas. How much more practical to reveal a car that is a reality.

Think for a moment about gratitude. People who think rightly about God’s provision are thankful, and rightly so. And they say so. Thankers (that is not a word according to spell check) feel something because their gratitude is felt, sometimes deeply. We may stumble on words or how to express our thanks (like when we are put on the spot in a crowd), but we have this overwhelming sense of gratitude for what we have received.

This week I am continuing my series on More Than a Holiday by talking about “we have been blessed to bless others.” There is no better way to say thanks than to pass along that thanks by doing something for others. So, after a look at the 10 lepers in Luke 17 we will be going to James 2 and try to put a “handle” on some practical ways to show gratitude.

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6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Thankfulness in practice vs concept. It is one thing to know about something, it is another thing entirely to DO. Have a heart of Gratitude, not just for the season, not just for a day, but as a lifestyle.
    Praying for your message to be received with open hearts and minds this Sunday!

  2. Very worthy topic, indeed, Bill. Gratefulness can’t go far until we show it to others.

  3. Cheryl says:

    I think often of those 9 lepers who didn’t even turn around to thank Jesus after He completely restored their lives and place in society. I get so aggravated at them until I realize that I can be the same way. I pray the Lord forgives me for the many times I have failed to turn around and thank Him for the many things He has done for me. Thank you for this reminder, Pastor Bill.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      it does seem rather baffling Cheryl when we look at those ungrateful nine. Until, as you said, it hits home. I know I can forget to say thanks as well.