Recently, I received a note from someone I had the joy of helping this past year. As I read their thoughtful words it reminded me that a simple “Thank You” still has power. Just as much as kids these days need to be taught to respect their elders, all of us need to know the importance of saying “Thank You.” I’m hoping these words prompt you to say a more than deserved “thank you” to someone who’s blessed your life. Here is why…
“Thank You” says I’m grateful for what you’ve done. Don’t ever assume those around you feel appreciated. From the total stranger that stopped to help you in your time of need. To the family member or friend who has always been by your side. Hearing your words of thankfulness is the least you can do to let them know their efforts were not in vain.
“Thank You” breathes life into a possible weary soul. Sometimes we feel that we’re just wasting time and making little difference. A sincere thank you has a way of picking up a person’s soul and motivating them to keep on keeping on. Your letter, email, phone call or personal words could be just what someone needs to gain a second wind. Your “thank you” will motivate someone to continue being a blessing.
“Thank You” confirms that a life has been touched. In a world full of negative news and things that need to change. Nothing feels better when you lay your head down at night than knowing you touched someone’s life. Believing that someone, somewhere has a smile on their face and joy in their heart because of your contribution to their life. A thank you becomes a keeps sake that is forever in a person’s heart.
Don’t ever forget the power of saying “Thank You.” Someone could be on the verge of quitting their job and your simple, sincere thanks could change their mind. A thank you cost you nothing, but still matters much in a world that tries it’s best to steal our self-worth. Whether it be a pastor, teacher, friend, parent, grandparent, or someone you just met when a thank you is deserved, a thank you should be given.
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18