I wonder how
often we use the words “thank you”. In this day and age it seems to be so
often rarely used. The multitude of tasks done for us day by day, the gestures
of service often behind the scenes and the unsung contributions to our lives
more often than not pass unnoticed, unrecognised and yet it is surprising how
much people will do for a simple “thank you”. We all have an inner craving
for appreciation, a need to feel valued, recognised, worth something.
there’s more to showing gratitude than mere words. Saying thank you can so
easily become little more than a social nicety routinely offered without any
thought behind it. Equally our reaction to a gift or a service may be all
someone needs, our evident pleasure speaks volumes about how we feel.
If that holds
true in terms of one another it applies equally to our relationship with God.
Simply offering a prayer of thanksgiving doesn’t mean anything if it is
delivered out of a sense of duty rather than joy.
it beautifully in Colossians Chapter 3 verse 17 – “Do everything no matter
what it is, whether in word or deed, in the name of Jesus Christ, through Him
offering thanks to God the Father.
That kind of
thankfulness bubbles up constantly from within, one that characterises our whole
being and cannot be contained. Why? Because it derives from the knowledge of
what God has done for us in Christ.
circumstances, whatever reasons we may have NOT to give thanks, we know that his
purpose for us continues, that his goodness will not fail, that nothing
ultimately will be able to separate us from his love.
So don’t let
us just say “thank you”: be thankful.
It was the
Anglican divine George Herbert who said “Lord you have given me much: Give me
one thing more: a grateful heart.
February 13th ,
Ash Wednesday, marks the start of Lent this year. A time which leads us to
God’s ultimate sacrifice for us of his Son on Good Friday.
Not a bad time
to say “thank you” to Him – and mean it don’t you think.
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