See also Thanksgiving
Adnrew Carnegie, the multimillionaire, left $1 million for one of his relatives, who in
return cursed Carnegie thoroughly because he had left $365 million to public charities and
had cut him off with just one measly million.
Samuel Leibowitz, criminal lawyer and judge, saved 78 men from the electric chair. Not
one ever did bother to thank him.
Many years ago, as the story is told, a devout king was disturbed by the ingratitude of
his royal court. He prepared a large banquet for them. When the king and his royal guests
were seated, by prearrangement, a beggar shuffled into the hall, sat down at the king's
table, and gorged himself with food. Without saying a word, he then left the room. The
guests were furious and asked permission to seize the tramp and tear him limb from limb
for his ingratitude. The king replied, "That beggar has done only once to an earthly
king what each of you does three times each day to God. You sit there at the table and eat
until you area satisfied. Then you walk away without recognizing God, or expressing one
word of thanks to Him."
Ingratitude denotes spiritual immaturity. Infants do not always appreciate what parents
do for them. They have short memories. Their concern is not what you did for me yesterday,
but what are you doing for me today. The past is meaningless and so is the future. They
live for the present. Those who are mature are deeply appreciative of those who labored in
the past. They recognize those who labor during the present and provide for those who will
be laboring in the future.
Homemade, December, 1984.
Commentary and Devotional
The careless soul receives the Father's gifts as if it were a way that things had of
dropping into his hand...yet he is ever complaining, as if someone were accountable for
the problems which meet him at every turn. For the good that comes to him, he gives no
thanks--who is there to thank? At the disappointments that befall him he grumbles--there
must be someone to blame!