When we are ungrateful, it is not because we lack
blessings. All that is necessary for us to stop being thankful
for a blessing--no matter how wonderful it is--is to have it
for a long period of time without interruption.
Unfortunately, we become so accustomed to our blessings
(our health, our jobs, our loved ones, etc.) that we don't
acknowledge their significance: They are manifestations of the
Father's love toward us.
Last year John Clem sent me this marvelous quote from Henry
If one should give me a dish of sand and tell me that there
were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my
eyes and search for them with my clumsy fingers and never
But let me take a magnet and sweep through that dish of
sand, and that magnet would draw those tiny particles of iron
to it through the power of the magnet's attraction.
The unthankful heart is like my finger in the sand, it
discovers no mercies.
But let the thankful heart sweep through that day, and, as
the magnet finds the iron, so it will find in every hour some
heavenly blessing; only the iron in God's hand is gold.