Yesterday I was reminded of the importance of saying thanks and showing appreciation for others. I had to help conduct an interview yesterday and I needed someone to cover my classes. One of the secretaries tried really hard to find coverage for me and she did. I sent her a simple thank-you email and she replied by saying how much the thank you meant to her. She was so happy. I didn’t think much of it because it seemed like the normal thing to do but “thank you” is not as common as we think. Do we take the time to thank and appreciate people in our lives more than we do? There are people who feel underappreciated because they never hear “Thank you.” “Thank you” is a spiritual phrase that goes a long way. When it is goes to the Lord, it doesn’t come back empty. It comes back with blessings and power to make things better. The Lord tells us to give Him thanks all the time. We can thank Him for all the wonderful things He does and what He gives us but it is crucial to thank Him when things are not going well. It’s not what your mind wants you to do but it’s the right thing to do. Giving thanks when we all we can think of is giving up is powerful. Today I want to encourage you to give thanks to the Lord in all things. Show Him how much you appreciate Him even when there is nothing to be thankful for. Show appreciation for the people He is placing in your life as well. Be a “thank-you machine.” Do it excessively. Do it more than you complain about life. Fill your days with thanks and empty them of all negativity!
Life has a way of making us say things that are against what the Lord stands for and what He provides. The Lord stands for and provides love, peace, goodness, kindness and joy among other beautiful things. Life can drive us to the point where we are constantly saying things that negate our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes we can sound like God is not part of our lives because we focus so much on the bad things that happen to us. Every complaint is a demonstration of ingratitude. I remember having a conversation with a friend who said she had the right to vent about what happened to her but her venting was blocking her blessings. We can’t deny the bad things that occur in our lives but when we magnify them, we alienate the Lord. We push Him away by having more faith in the negative. The Bible points out that without faith we can’t please God. It doesn’t mean that He hates us but it indicates that lack of faith separates us from Him. Complaining, whining and saying that nothing ever goes well in our lives are negative ingredients that poison our daily food. Our daily food is what the Lord feeds us and it is good. It is very good but if we constantly sprinkle the spices of bitterness over it, we will not enjoy it. It will leave an aftertaste and it will not give us the spiritual nutrients we should be getting.
“Thank you” is the way to the heart of many people including the Lord’s. Thank you celebrates Him and shows Him we care. When was the last time you thanked the Lord just because He is God? I know I have to do that more often. Giving thanks to God because He is good is part of Loving God 101. It’s basic and yet it is powerful. We ought to do it wholeheartedly with joy. Giving thanks is closely tied to praise. I suggest you start your day with not only positive declarations but with thanksgiving as well. Thank the Lord for His goodness. Thank Him for what He does but learn to thank Him for who He is. Thank Him for being love. Thank Him for being peace. Thank Him for being joy. Thank Him also for everything that is pure and noble. There is power in saying “Thanks.” It opens the doors of Heaven. It opens doors that have been shut. Thank God every day and remember to thank the people in your life. A simple thank you can change someone’s day. Show people you care. Show people God cares. Thank God for them. Be a distributor of thanks and never get tired of it. Fill your days with thanks!
Suggested reading: 1 Chronicles 29:13; Psalm 7:17; 2 Corinthians 9:11