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!"

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On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

Luke 17:11-19

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How often do you ask for what you want and then get it? When you do get what you want, how often do you say "thank you”?

Too often, when we ask for something we have the expectation that we will receive it. We feel entitled to what we have received and have little appreciation for what the giver has given up by giving to us. We may not realize that we’ve received a gift at all.

What we receive truly is a gift, though. Give thanks! Rejoice in your gift and in the Giver of all good things!

Jeremy Colliver

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God, let me be reminded that I need to give thanks for what has been provided for me, even if this means I need to stop and turn around to do so. Amen.

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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

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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