Two little words. "Thank you.”
These words carry the appreciation that we have for what another person has done for us. When we don't say "thank you,” that other person might carry away our sense of entitlement and privilege with them instead.
Throughout your day, make sure those around you are aware of how much you appreciate them. Tell them: "thank you!"next >
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
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How do you give out your thanks?
Do you do it out of obligation? Do you give your thanks out of habit and without much thought? The roll of the eyes or muttered "thank you" take away from the appreciation that is supposed to be behind the thanks that we offer. It is as if we are saying, "I have to say this, but I really don't appreciate what you've done for me."
Or do you say "thank you" out of sincere appreciation? Does the "thank you" burst out of you because of the joy that you feel? Whenever we receive a sincere "thank you,” it makes the time and effort we put into the task worthwhile and puts a smile on our faces.
Share the gift that has been given to you by giving back a sincere "thank you!”
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Let my mind be set on abundance instead of what I need so that I can give thanks for what you have provided for me. Amen.next >
Rejoice! Give thanks! Remember all that God has done for you!
Go now with a joyful and thankful heart, so that you can do for others what God has done for you.
Jeremy Colliver is the Minister to Families with Youth at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, GA. He has two great kids, Molly and Blaine, and a beautiful wife, Laura.
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