Don’t Forget to Say “Thank You”

Posted: June 11, 2015 in Church, Discipleship, Evangelism, Stories
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NEW YORK - JUNE 11:  Actor Denzel Washington visits the

One of my favorite actors, Denzel Washington, gave the commencement address at last month’s graduation ceremony at Dillard University in New Orleans. During his address, Washington urged the graduates to put God first and thank Him constantly: “Put God first in everything you do….Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that, It’s a gift…. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me…. While you’re on your knees, say thank you. Thank you for grace, thank you for mercy, thank you for understanding, thank you for wisdom, thank you for parents, thank you for love, thank you for kindness, thank you for humility, thank you for peace, thank you for prosperity. Say thank you in advance for what is already yours…. True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you sent beforehand that it’s already yours…. When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up.”

Not only must we thank God for all He has done and offered to us, we have plenty of thanks to offer to the people in our lives. We should thank our parents for loving us, for providing for us, for teaching us, for playing with us, for showing us how to live, for pointing us to Christ. We should also thank those who have invested in our lives and made it possible for us to be who and what we are today. Teachers, mentors, coaches, pastors, supervisors, and bosses have all contributed to our lives.

This past week at our Vacation Bible School, many adults and teens came together to provide a great week of instruction and fun that I believe had an impact on the children. Some of these kids have been forever changed because they came to know Christ personally. Others had their lives enriched through a deeper relationship with our Savior, and still others had “a little more foundation laid” so that the gospel might one day take hold in them.

Don’t forget to say “thank you.” It really makes a difference. Do you want proof? An airline pilot flying between Spain and England received a very special note from a passenger recently, and he shared it on social media. The passenger, mindful of the recent pilot-caused airline crash in the French Alps, wrote a heartfelt thank you for a safe flight to her family back home, appreciative, perhaps for the first time, of someone she had taken for granted every time she set foot on an airplane. “You’re making a massive difference and you’re the reason I can smile tonight,” she wrote.

When was the last time you truly saw and appreciated one of the “invisible” people who deeply impact your life every day? Perhaps gratitude and mindfulness of such folks will help you see your life in a new light.

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