Four men were traveling down the road and one thankful for what he had said,'"I thank God that he blessed me with a nice vehicle to drive from my big house to my prestigious job." The next man, thinking his friend was too specific said, "I thank God that he blessed me with the ability to drive from a home he provided to a job he gave me." The third man said, "I thank God he blessed me by keeping me on this side of the grass, so I can see the beautiful world around me." The last guy said, "I thank God that one day I will stop breathing and see the world of heaven."
The men were not trying to outdo one another. They were not trying to Pharisee-like seem more pious or humble. Each man truly felt thankful for his life from the perspective he chose to mention. None of the men were wrong yet each of them clearly show the intention of their hearts.
What we are thankful for is a revelation of what we hold dear. What we thank God for is a revelation of what we believe we get from Him. What we thank God for is an indication of what we take for granted or rather what we perceive that we bring to the table. It shows where we think the line is between man and God.