There is a story in the Bible that has really influenced my thinking when it comes to giving thanks. Thoughts of this account run through my mind on a very regular basis as I go about my next treasured digital art design.
Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy (KJV)
Luke 17:11-19 – 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 met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Giving thanks, and giving credit to whom credit is due is right in so many ways. Of course we want to first give credit and thanks to the Father for giving us the ability and talent to do what we do, to learn what we learn and to have what we have. And then we give credit and thanks to those that God used to help train us along the way. We thank our parents, our friends, family, pastors, teachers, mentors, leaders, the list should go on and on. These wonderful people are worthy of our thanks because they give us information, guidance and sometimes even the tools we need to help make our lives better, many times at their own personal expense. All too often they are not thanked enough. I have come to the personal conclusion that I would like to be like the Samaritan that comes back and gave thanks. I hope you will too!
How does giving thanks have anything to do with digital art or small business you may ask? A lot I tell you! See in the world of digital art there is a gazillion things one ought to be thankful for and give proper credit to. It helps those that provide that service or product, and it gives the thankful heart favor in their eyes and they too become thankful for the appreciation they’ve been given… It’s a cycle of kindness that starts with giving and continues on by thanking.