How often do you say those two simple words “thank you?”  We live in a culture that demands good service, wants immediate gratification and instant results.  I have noticed that we tend to take a lot of things for granted.  I often hear people saying, “I am paying for this so why should I say thank you?”  Or “I deserve this, I worked hard, and I need thank no one except myself.”  We need to model a better way for the next generation.  if we want our children to show gratitude, we need to teach them by example. 


I think we live in a world bereft of gratitude.  Too many of us have a sense of entitlement.  Those two simple words “thank you” are powerful little words and they go a very long way in blessing other people and inspiring them.


I stopped to think of some of the things and people I am grateful for on this beautiful North Dakotan Monday morning.


1.     I am thankful to God for His beautiful handiwork.

2.     I am thankful for the amazing man I wake up with each morning

3.     I am thankful for my wonderful and devoted children

4.     I am thankful for the blessing of grandchildren

5.     I am thankful for my parents

6.     I am thankful for their health

7.     I am thankful for my siblings

8.     I am thankful for my health

9.     I am thankful for all the choices I can make on a daily basis

10.    I am thankful for a home

11.     I am thankful for the lovely things in my home

12.    I am thankful for my precious friends

13.    I am thankful for work

14.    I am thankful for where God has placed me

15.    I am thankful for beautiful Ellendale

16.    I am thankful for the health of my kids and grandkids

17.     I am thankful for warmth

18.    I am thankful for a car

19.    I am thankful I can walk

20.   I am thankful for my relationship with my amazing God.


I know I could go on forever.  And, I also know what the word thank you does for me.  It gets the focus off of me…I start focusing on the people around me.

I love to start my day with prayers of thankfulness.  It is good for the well being of my soul.  I also stop and say thank you to the people I love for being there for me.  I don’t do that enough!!  But I also want to be intentional about thanking the waitress who serves me, and the doorman who opens the door for me, and people that do little insignificant deeds that go unnoticed, but if they were not there we would miss them.

I think the words “thank you” are biblical.  The apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  Everything means everything.  Be thankful for the big things and the little things.

Why not start your day by thanking the people around you for the things they do for you. Yes, perhaps they are paid to do those tasks, but I challenge you to start using those two words more frequently and see what it does for you and for other.  Most important of all, stop to thank your amazing God for all His love and provision.  Where would we be without our God? 

My heart is full of gratitude today; I trust yours will also be filled with thanksgiving.

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

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My precious family (our son-in-law Rich is taking the photo) I love them all!