Gushing with GratitudeA boss commented to his secretary about one of his men: “Harry has such a bad memory, it’s a wonder he remembers to breathe. I asked him to pick up a newspaper on his way back from lunch, but I’m not ever sure he’ll remember his way back to the office.” Just then Harry burst in the door, brimming with enthusiasm. He exclaimed, “Guess what, boss! At lunch I ran into old man Jones who hasn’t given us an order in seven years. Before he left I talked him into a million-dollar contract!” The boss sighed and looked at his secretary, “What did I tell you? He forgot the newspaper.” People were not always thankful in Jesus’ day either. In Luke, chapter 17, we are told about an event that warranted big thanks, but not everyone in the story offers it. Let’s look at this brief story and see if we can find the secret to increasing our thankfulness. If you have your Bible, turn with me to Luke 17 and let’s read verses 11-13.
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”