I have never been good at saying “Thank you” to people.
Well, hold on a sec… Let me explain.
With the increased number of people getting married, having babies, and graduating around me I have received a HUGE amount of thank you cards. All of these cards thank me for tons of random things; attending a graduation, wedding, even giving a pack of diapers, and a curious thank you for a “Just Married” picture frame (that will eventually find its way to the Good Will with the frame family that came with it still present behind the glass).
With all of these thankful notes flying around the post office, I began to wonder when the last time I wrote a thank you card to someone was.
I truly can’t remember the last time I wrote someone a thank you card! Sure, I have told people “Thank you,” but there is something powerful about a written note of gratitude. It somehow means more because it took time to write, address, and mail.
This has been something I have been trying to get better at doing.
So to all the people who have been present in my life through ministry, family, friends, etc. Thank you for walking through life with me, I am truly thankful. Whew! That may have been very general but I need to start somewhere.
As I have been processing through this concept of thanking those around me in significant and meaningful ways, an interesting thing happened.
Today I was reading in Psalm 139 and I got to v. 17 and I stopped:
“How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered.”
God is constantly thinking about me and I don’t really know how to respond to that. At first the only thing I could do was sit and think WOW God, You think about my tiny life when all of creation is at Your fingertips.
The only response I had was to tell Him “Thank You.” So I started writing out a growth journal entry that turned into something I haven’t done in a long time. I wrote God a thank You note. It started simple like, “Hey God, thank You for being so awesome” but as I continued writing I began thanking Him for specific things that I was thankful for today.
I may not be very good at saying thank you, but I think I found a good place to start getting better. I wrote God a thank You card that no one else will probably ever see, but isn’t that worship at its core? It isn’t for anyone else, it is a special moment between God and me where I recognize that He is God and I am not.
So as you head off to work or school, get ready for long day of homeschooling, or try to find the motivation to just keep going consider writing God a thank you note today. It doesn’t have to be long or super spiritual, let it just come from your heart. Tell Him what you are thankful for today.
- Pastor Ricky