Thankfulness is to Blessings as Magnet is to Iron


“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!”

~Henry Ward Beecher

I was never good at those test questions that ask you to choose one of the logical options based on the logical relationship between other logical objects.  Cup is to Drink as Knife is to… and your options include:

a.) Cut

b.)  Math

c.)  Balloons

d.) Butter

I was the abstract kid who over thought all of those options and could convince myself that all of them could work in various existential situations.  In the long run, after 10 minutes of agonizing internal conflict, would have chosen b)  Math.   My logic would have included the statements, “Math is a killer hard subject” and “I want to stab myself in the eye with a knife when I do Math.”  So logically Cup is to Drink as Knife is to Math.

So in this school-ish intellectual quote by Henry Ward Beecher we have a lovely logic equation:  Thankfulness is to Blessings as Magnet is to Iron Filings.  The reasoning goes like this.    When you are thankful, your heart and mind are attracted to blessings and you will find them all throughout your day without even trying to search for them.  You will appear to others to have an abnormally blessed life.   You will be a Blessings Magnet.  But when you are ungrateful you will only find negativity and trials scattered throughout your day like boulders strewn across a mountainous Costa Rican highway headed towards the sea.  Alright, I told you my logic was unique.  (So Knife = Math.  And I know I’m right about that.)

Thankfulness makes you see how over-the-top generous our Father God is.  Thankfulness helps you find blessings everywhere you turn.  Thankfulness makes you discover how Grace-filled your life is… everyday.

Thank You God for what an amazing, grace-filled week of blessings this has been!  You never cease to pour out blessings on those whom you love and who love you in return.  As we practice thankfulness, make us more and more receptive to your loving kindnesses and abundant blessings- big and little.

About amamiot

My family and I are missionaries in Costa Rica. Before that we lived in Mexico and before that we came from Minnesota. I am a teacher, an artist, a "journaler", a quilter, a cooker, a baker, a hostess, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I like reading and watching movies (ehem, and quoting movie lines). I would love to be in a Jane Austin movie but I don't know how to ballroom dance or play Whist.

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