for followers of Jesus, seems to me, because thanking Him for the easily-thankable, obviously-thankable, reinforces control addiction, and surprisingly leads us into an INdependency that encourages God-bless-my-agenda kinda praying by believers, confident-we-know-what’s-best, confident we know how to direct the CreatorSustainer of the Universe.
Thanking Jesus for the harrrd is commanded in Scripture. Thanking Him for the easy, is also commanded, but way-more dangerous in my experience. When I ONLY thank Him for the obviously-thankable — when things go my way, when my human wisdom APPROVES of the outcome, CHEERS the outcome, I’m being lured into a destructive INdependency/control-addiction — an attempt to control my circumstances based on my confidence-I-know-what’s-best. INdependency, not Jesus-dependency.
Impossible to have an agenda unless I’m confident-I-know-what’s-best. Pride, not humility. I find we Christians are unhappiest when confident-we-know-what’s-thankable-and-what’s-not, and ONLY thank Him for the easily-thankable — things going our way. It’s sooo tempting to thank Jesus when things go our way. I find it’s a subtle trap. Instead, in all circumstances — easy and harrrd, it helps me to thank Him for His genius plan, admitting my childlikeness/cluelessness-I-know-best.
I’m not at-all opposed to the Thanksgiving holiday, just pointing out what seems to me the danger of human wisdom’s influence on us.– Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, promoting Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness, that believers — especially DAVE, might have the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love compelling to seculars To receive my Tuesday posts, email me, or subscribe to my blog: dumbsheepdave.com