One word can have such a big impact in our lives and the lives of the people around us. As we celebrate the holiday that allows us to stop and give thanks, I hope you can find a quiet moment to give thanks. I also hope there are people in your life who will give you the thanks and gratitude you deserve.
Are you surprised when someone doesn’t say thanks after you did them a favor? When was the last time you received a written thank you for a gift? I hope this year can be a time of thankfulness not just for one day, but an attitude throughout the whole year.
We are trying to teach our toddler to say please and thank you instead of just demanding things from us and she is quick to remind US when we don’t say please and thank you! It happens a lot by the way…
It seems in so many places it is rare and not in common use to say thank you. I am surprised at how we have the lost the art not only of following up an act of service with good manners and a “thanks”, but we have really lost the heart of gratitude and gratefulness as a society.
So many of us try and “figure out” in various ways what the will of God is in our lives. It is rarely crystal clear, but the Bible is specific in several verses about his will for every on of us. 1 Thessalonians 5 commands that his will for us is to be thankful in everything! (Now I have always heard thankful in everything, but not necessarily for everything…and that is a sermon for another day!)
Here is a couple of action steps to bring the will of God to our lives this weekend:
Take time this thanksgiving weekend and write down 5 people/things you are thankful for. If you want to take it one step further write those people and tell them how you appreciate them.
Pray and thank God for 5 blessings in your life. It can be big or small. God loves hearing our prayers and hearts.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and in case no one else tells you…thanks! Thanks for all you do people may not see, thanks for your kindness and giving of your time, and thank you for what you bring to the world!