I remember when the kids were small and we'd constantly remind them to say "thank you."
It took awhile to learn the "TH" sound, so we heard a lot of:
or my favorite,
I was pretty surprised this morning when I learned how my oldest child recently gave thanks for ....well, for being punished.
Apparently, his teacher had given him a writing assignment as a consequence and he literally thanked her. (His sense of justice has always been strong.) I couldn't help but think I would never have had the same reaction. Instead, I would probably have pouted and had a pity party.
But thankfulness? Wow. See how that changes the entire circumstance?
Likewise, we are called to be thankful even in the midst of discipline or challenge.
It's not even a choice -- it's a command: be thankful!
"To give thanks in solitude is enough..." - Victor Hugo