The pronounced absence of thankfulness in our day results in our being caught off guard by sincere expressions of appreciation. In my experience, such expressions are most often seen within the fellowship of believers. We are taught at home and in Sunday school to be thankful, and this in proportion to the gift. Therefore Paul’s statement in Philippians 4:11 is arresting. He begins what should be his thank you note dismissing the need for any help. The situation apparently didn’t warrant such generosity. He commends the Philippians, but never actually says thank you. How disappointed his mother would be if she read this. The truth is he immediately turns the focus off himself, and onto God, reinforcing the disconnection between joy and financial security. In fact, his thanksgiving is directed to God alone for the fruitfulness of the believers in Philippi, and the credit they receive for their support. They gave sacrificially (2 Corinthians 8:1-5), but they did not receive Apostolic praise. Instead they received much more, namely confirmation that God himself would respond in kind. We still need to be thankful, but this lesson from Paul should help us keep the right perspective when that doesn’t happen.