Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
~Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
Through [Jesus] all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
~ John, John 1:3
I have heard many people ask why they should give thanks to God for anything, especially if they have paid for what they have. Ok, I could go into the old, “We wouldn’t have anything if God didn’t create it first,” speech, but I’ll spare you. Instead, I want to ask you a question: what is your favorite fruit? What is your favorite color? What is your favorite thing to wear? What is your favorite song?
Ok... so I asked a few questions. Out of each of these, how many more are there from which to choose? Yes, God created everything, but, He created a LOT of everything! God spoils us with an extravagance which can only be likened to the wealthiest of wealthy people toward their children. We aren’t just given a fruit, or a hand full of fruits; we are given so many fruits that we are still discovering them six thousand years later! And fruit is just the beginning... we also have vegetables, nuts, and a plethora of tasty little meat creatures to choose from when we get hungry!
We aren’t only given one color. Bill Gates could only give us 10 colors back in the early days of personal computers, but God gave us billions of colors from the beginning! Using these colors, and the vast creativity He gave us, we have created almost endless pieces of art in every style imaginable! We have also been given so many materials with which to craft fabric and even more ways by which to craft it! So many textures, so many patterns, and again, so many colors!
And yes, music! God created the ability for sound to travel through the air. God created the human ear to find pleasure in the rhythmic compilation of various tones and beats. God also allowed for us to know how to manipulate the air in so many different way and the creativity to turn the various noises into something meaningful and beautiful.
How can we talk about the extravagant love of God without talking about how wonderful walking barefoot in green grass is, or how beautiful a sunset is, or even how relaxing hot water can be after a hard day. So when you think of how you earned the money that paid for the food and shelter and clothing that you have, think about how God’s extravagance allows you to work to earn that money (another extravagance of God), so you can pay for your food, clothing, shelter, and entertainment.
Everything around you that brings you relief, hope and joy, everything that allows you to be uplifted, is God showing you how much He loves you. And isn’t it nice to hear “thank you” from those you show your love to? Don’t you love it even more when they elaborate on what it was that they loved? So does God.