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Steve Lyston: Thankfulness the key to success

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Students at the Monsignor Colin Bryan Preparatory School in Old Harbour, St Catherine, say prayers to start their Culture Day at the school last Friday.
Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity pray during a special Mass in Kolkata, India, recently.
Worshippers at a service at the Transform Life Church in Kingston.
Worshippers at the the Church of God of Prophecy, Mountain View Avenue.
Christians worship ecstatically during a church service. A Pew Center study shows that Christianity's grip on the Western world is loosening.
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We are living in a society today where people are becoming more and more unthankful. Some even say that God hasn't done anything for them. But there are so many things we should be thankful for on a daily basis and so many things for which to thank God.

For example, of the thousands of sperm to race towards the egg, the one that created you was the one that made it! Furthermore, with the millions of abortions that have taken place worldwide, you are not among that number. Thanks be to God!

Be thankful that while many of us are not faithful to even acknowledge God by attending a place of worship (of Him), He still grants us the gift of life! Even our women are free to drive a vehicle of their choice as long as they are able to get it; they are free to dress in any way they choose as in some countries it is a crime or will warrant the death penalty.

Even in this age of social media, many of us are able to access it and flaunt all our business in full public view. In some countries, it is death penalty to access such modern conveniences.

In the West, many rebel and walk away from a church if they are introduced to a dress code! In some regions, women are so covered that only their eyes can be seen. If nothing else, be thankful for the region in which you live here in the West!

Thank God that we can have as many children as we choose. In some regions, they are barely allowed to have one.

In our region, we can own land and even pass it on to our children. In other regions, no one is allowed to own land.

Thankfulness to God and man are keys to prosperity and success. Unthankfulness and ingratitude will bring shame and demotion. Be careful how you treat your pastor, mentor, employer (organisation), or anyone who has done anything for you whether great or small. Never bite the hand that feeds you.

"And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner? And He said to him,"Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well." (Luke 17: 11-19)

Ingratitude stops the blessings of God on a nation, individual or organisation. It is contagious. Many long-standing organisations and individuals have now fallen because of ingratitude.

Interestingly, some people only come to you when they need something. They often only remember you when they run into problems and need your help to get out! Some forget you completely when they are comfortable and have all the financial resources, and they only remember you when everything has crashed and they are broke!

Never hang around unthankful people - it is contagious and will corrupt your environment. The mainstay of an unthankful person is to criticise, complain and divide! In fact, the favour and presence of God always leave unthankful people.

BLESSINGS MULTIPLIED

For thankful people, increase and multiplication always come upon them. Begin to thank God for your spouse, your children because when you were without a spouse or child, you were the one crying out to God for both! Now you complain and criticise everything! If that is true, you have become unthankful and ungrateful and that is, in fact, a sin.

"For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" II Timothy 3: 2-5

Note that the unthankful is in the same group as blasphemer and sexual immorality and so on.

Show thankfulness to God and those that have helped you along the way by reaching out to them and to someone to help them. Thanksgiving and gratitude bring great blessings and will take you to the top.

I take this opportunity to thank The Gleaner and all the readers for your support throughout the year. I wish for you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

- Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.