-written by Jean Daniel
If my mother gave you something, she expected to receive a thank you note! It might be a wooden nutcracker for Christmas that she got on sale dirt cheap, or maybe just two dollars stuck in a birthday card. No matter how expensive or cheap the gift was, she would be looking for a handwritten “thank you” note in the mail.
If she didn’t get one, she would say, “Well, I guess you didn’t appreciate what I gave you since you didn’t bother to write a thank you note!”
The next year you might not receive a gift at all! My children learned to write thank you notes very quickly.
In this age of technology, when was the last time that you received a handwritten thank you note for a gift or thoughtful deed? Showers, weddings, birthdays, graduations. We zip off a text or email to the giver, if we bother to thank them at all.
Just last week, I received a note by snail mail from a friend thanking me for something I had done for her during a time of need. I truly appreciated her sincere words written from her heart and the time taken to write them.
I wonder how God feels about how much we thank Him for all He has done for us! We often pray, thanking Him for the big stuff like sending His son to die in our place and the gift of salvation, but what about the little things we take for granted? Maybe we can’t mail God a personal note, but how often do we stop and thank Him daily for all He does for us? Sometimes, I just want to thank Him for simple things like a good night’s sleep, my cat curled up purring beside me, or for shoes that don’t hurt my feet!
Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. –Psalm 107: 8-9
Recently on the radio, the announcer asked the listening audience this question: What would your life be like today if God took away the things you failed to thank Him for yesterday? Wow, that got me to thinking. I bet God feels like my mother did sometimes… only worse! What would life be like if He really did that?
This Thanksgiving, teach your children to be thankful. Here’s a fun activity to put it into practice! Place a pretty box or bowl along with index cards and a pen on your table. Encourage everyone to write words of thanks to God, especially for little things. But it doesn’t have to be just today! Encourage your family to write a note of thanks every day. Then next Thanksgiving, read notes throughout your holiday, pray together, and thank God for His goodness to us.
Turn your “Thanksgiving” into full-time “Thanks Living!”
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. –1 Thessalonians 5:18
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:19
-Jean Daniel taught school for thirty years and loves worshiping at SoHills with many of her former students. She is the grandmother of six and loves to read, write, care for her flowers and watch the birds from her back porch.