Thank you for your prayers and well wishes with our wedding and Bakersfield reception. I love writing thank you notes. I wrote quite a few yesterday and still have more to go. I enjoyed writing and praying for the givers as I sent a note of gratitude. It reminds me of a story:
At the beginning of each episode of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show, various filler cartoons would run and one of the silliest (and cutest) featured a pair of very polite squirrels. The talking squirrels’ (smile) sweet conversation would carry on like this:
“You first,” the oldest would say, inviting his brother to step out onto the tree limb before him.
“No, you first.” The youngest would retort.
“After you, please.” The oldest insisted.
The dialogue went on until finally one would take the step, leading to another exchange.
“Thank you,” the oldest said.
“No, thank YOU,” responded the younger. And such would their generous words carry on and on until my sister and I would laugh ourselves off the seat of the couch.
However, a strange thing happened to us—we began to imitate the polite squirrels. After my sister helped me with a chore, I would say, “Thank you.” Her response would be, “No, thank YOU.” It’s amazing how much our productivity and our good deeds increased when we had an attitude of gratitude. The same is true with our relationship with God. Let’s stop today and apply a little “thank-you” therapy.
Thank God we can call on His name.
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known among the nations what he has done.” 1 Chronicles 16:8
Thank God we can sing to Him.
“I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks.” Nehemiah 12:31
Thank God we can praise Him.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4
Thank God we can praise Him for triumph over sin.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
Thank God He guides us.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thank God for thank-you therapy.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Thank God for the saints.
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints.” Colossians 1:3,4
“Thank-you therapy” happens when we find things for which we can thank God. I still have lots of thank you notes to write, and I am looking forward to writing them. I am thanking God not only for the gifts given but especially for the giver of the gift. I challenge you to pay attention to the many blessings God has given us; even the trials He brings are opportunities to praise Him before He removes or changes the obstacle ahead. Let’s choose thankfulness!
Beloved, let me pray for us:
Dear Heavenly Father, you are the God of creation, our provider, our Lord, our friend. We love you and thank you for another day to serve you. Thank you for another day to thank you. Lord, we thank you for each circumstance in our day that requires we make a choice. Let us use a thankful spirit as we lift up thankful hearts to you. We praise you and bless you in Jesus’ name, amen.