I am writing this blog the day before Thanksgiving. As I write I am reminded of the importance of giving thanks for the people who have invested in my spiritual growth and development. Just this week I received a text from a friend who thanked me for the influence I have had on his life. He didn’t need to text me, yet he took the time to be intentional about expressing his thanks.
We need to be intentional about communicating gratefulness. When we communicate that we are thankful, it blesses us as well as the people to whom we are thankful. It encourages them and lets them know God has used them in our lives. People need to know they are making a difference and when you thank someone, you are pouring life into them.
“People need to know they are making a difference and when you thank someone, you are pouring life into them.”
Who is someone that has helped you grow, been there when you needed them, or inspired your walk with God? Taking a few minutes of your time to say “thank you” will go along way in encouraging someone else.
Giving thanks is also important for your own heart. Gratitude and thanksgiving will always help you stay grounded and in the right place. A thankful heart is good for your soul and it reveals so much about how you see yourself, others, and God. To express thanks means you know it took other people and the Lord to get you to where you are. Taking a few minutes of your time to say “thank you” will go long way toward making you a better person.
Expressing thanks only requires a little intentionality and time. You have to make giving thanks a priority and you have to take the time to do it. Why not take a few minutes to send a note, an email, or a text to someone and thank them for the difference they have made in your life? They will appreciate it and you will be glad you did it.
As I reflect on my 60th Thanksgiving, I know that my spiritual growth is the result of many investments that people have made in my life. Some know they have invested in me and some don’t even realize the way God has used them in my life. “Giving thanks” will never be a finished task. Every year I will have a new list of people to whom I need to express thanks, and I pray that I will tell them that I appreciate them more than once a year.
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