I never, really never, would have though I could be thoroughly annoyed by a religious status on Facebook but how “Thanks Lord!” Is just getting me worked up! I really have to say this. This specific prayer, followed by anything positive just sounds inconsiderate and selfish to others, followed by something negative it is plain masochistic and as much inconsiderate.
Case in point. I went out with a beautiful, smart girl, from a wonderful Christian Catholic family, rich, educated in one word “blessed”. When we would talk I couldn’t help but notice that she kept repeating phrases like “I really thank God for everything” “The lord has never failed me”
Selfish and Inconsiderate why? Because there are thousands of people who don’t have what she had, whose parent didn’t have the opportunities, the abilities, or to make it happen for their family. And while she was, voluntarily or not, boasting her happiness disguised into a prayer maybe she could have stopped and thought for a second that it seemed like she was trying to kill her guilt for being lucky, putting it on God’s back.
But why feel guilty? Weren’t we born equal? No offense to anybody handicapped, but with a brain and a functional body to get us what we needed? When it comes to wealth doesn’t it just depends on how our parent did? How is that something to be guilty about? You are good at writing tests? Good for you! He can draw, she can knit and the bully in the corner can fight!! We all have talent that others don’t wherever we come from. There is nothing to feel guilty about being rich, successful or intelligent, it just give you the ability to allow other people to discover their special “something”. And allowing people to think that any higher being has come down from heaven to touch their particular lives does not motivate anybody successful to dedicate themselves to the right cause.
So next time you feel blessed, before you get down on your knees and thank any god, stop to think about all the people around you who have made your blessing true and thank them. Your god is not blind, if he can hear the selfish thanks of thousands of people on the planet he will put the pieces together and realize that the thank is directed to him.