Ever since my kids were able to talk, we've worked on saying, "thank you". I worked with them to say those two words for all kinds of things, to all sorts of people. We say, "thank you" to the cashier at the store, the kind stranger who holds the door, to the sibling that shares their cookie. Over and over I said to them, "It's never wrong to say thank you.". And really, it isn't. I've never had someone tell me that it was morally wrong or socially unacceptable to express my gratitude. And certainly, never my kids. It was so adorable when they would lisp, "tanks!"-who could resist that?"Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name." 1 Chronicles 29:13 NIV
And that is so how our Father feels about us. He isn't looming over us, waiting to grade us for our utterances of gratitude. He never gets tired of hearing it. He doesn't expect prize-worthy poetry, or even award-winning prose. He just wants a genuine expression of how we feel. And, I can't help but assume that He would like to hear it a little more often. Certainly, when it comes to Him, it is never wrong to say, "thank You".
Take time today to write a simple and short, but heartfelt, prayer of gratitude. Put a reminder where you will see it often (or maybe put up several) and repeat your prayer throughout the day. You can never say thank You too much.
Looking for the printable scripture writing plan? Or another day of the "Thankfulness: From Hand to Heart" study? Find them here!
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