I murmured because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. Persian Proverb
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. Cicero
Nothing is more honorable than a thankful heart. Seneca
It does not require much to say “thank you”? It is just an utterance of two words. What does it mean to say “thank you” and really mean it? That is another story. To be able to truly say “thank you” indicates that you are on relatively solid ground. It means your plumbing and electrical is in relatively good order. You are functioning fairly well and not overly focused on yourself or your needs.
You can appreciate kind words or kind acts performed by others. This indicates you have a good measure of self-esteem, self-respect, and self-love. All of these things are good. It does not mean that you totally have your life together, but it does imply that you are leaning in the right direction. It takes a certain level of learning and maturity for a child to learn to say “thank you” to someone else. This should not change as we get older, we should always show our gratitude to others by saying “thank you”. A heartfelt “thank you” is so simple, but it is also very profound. It reveals much about us. It we can really say it, it means one thing. If we are unable to, it says something else. Observe those who say “thank you” and compare this to those that do not say “thank you”. What can we learn from such observations? Which one of these types of people are we most like?
Which kind of person do we want to be? As ridiculous as it may sound, there is a psychology to being able to say “thank you”. When we say “thank you” to someone else for their kindness, we recognize the kindness and in turn are returning their kindness. It reinforces them and helps make them feel good to know they have been recognized and thanked for their kindness. The better these things are working together in us, the better they flow and the better the indication that our inner-self is in good working order. The problem is if this is not true, then our plumbing and wiring is deficient and there are issues which need addressing. Being able to say “thank you” is seemingly simple, but if we have problems doing it and really meaning it, we need to work on our issues. We should always be on the lookout for opportunities to say “thank you”. It should be so simple.
Challenge: How easy are you able to say “thank you”? How often do you find reasons to express “thank you” to others? Your answer should tell you something. While on this subject, what kind of things do you do daily for others that might warrant “thank you” from them? Your answers to these questions are self revealing. If you cannot say “thank you” and cannot do kind things for others, you have some serious work to do. Get busy.
Wisdom: Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. Joseph Wood Krutch
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil 4:6
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thess 5:18
Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
Are we able to say “thank you” to our Heavenly Father for all of the things He gives us and does for us? The more we grow in Him and the more we see and understand, the more we will be expressing our gratitude for all that God does for us. We should learn to be thankful and grateful for all our many blessings. Those who are truly grateful tend to be those who find that many more blessings in their life. It is so amazing how this works.
Prayer: Thank you for loving the unlovable and for dying on the cross so that I might be forgiven.