Luke 17:15 (NKJV) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Be careful of allowing your heart to become desensitized and detached.
We live in a day and age where too many people are convinced that they are entitled. Consequently, thankfulness seems a lost-nearly extinct-art.
Yet while our current culture hasn’t helped us in this aspect of life, the problem is much deeper.
I sense in my heart the problem is rooted in our own desensitized and detached hearts.
Please, people of God, it’s time to let those people who have been there for you in good and bad times know that you love and appreciate them today.
I read how Warren Wiersbe one of my favorite Christian leaders illustrated this in his commentary on the book of Colossians, where he tells the story of a ship that ran aground on the shore of Lake Michigan in 1860.
Witnessing this from land, Edward Spencer, a young ministerial student, plunged himself time and again into the frigid waters to pull seventeen desperate passengers from certain death.
The value of saying thank you to family and friends communicates more than you can imagine.
But those lives weren’t saved without cost. Edward’s repeated plunges into the icy lake permanently damaged the young man’s health.
Some years later, at Edward’s funeral, it was noted that not one of those seventeen people snatched from death that day ever bothered to thank him.
Read the story of Jesus, he had the same experiences one particularly noted in (Luke 17-11-19). Jesus did not heal the lepers for the thanks.
But we realize the impact of thank you upon reading the story, we read that Jesus really appreciated it when one He had healed remembered to extend gratitude.
It’s impossible to predict exactly when or how someone wants to be thanked. But “thank you” is a powerful communicator always at your disposal.
Don’t forget to incorporate it into your relationships and lives.
Gratitude and appreciation really add value to relationships whether intimate or platonic. People who are thankful are happy people.
People who are thankful have learned an important life lesson.
People who are thankful have learned to say, thank you, and have expressed a significant value needed to co-exist in genuine authentic relationships.
Thankful people know genuine thanksgiving life from a heart that is focused on God.
Quote- “I hope the seasons of being unappreciated don’t cause you to become bitter and not become the best version of yourself purposed by God” #James Baker, Jr.
With extensive work done in my former Pastorate, and now a leadership Coach and Minister, I am often confronted with this aspect of service.
Serving and caring for people who could care less at the end of the day. Today is an opportunity to write a letter, make a phone call, or make a visit to tell the significant people in your life “Thank you”, for all they contribute to your life.
I have shared a similar message concerning saying thank you in times past, it never gets old.
Point to ponder
- Who do you need to thank today?
- Why does saying thank you add value in relationships?
- How often do you say thank you in your relationships?
- Is today’s message a wake up call for you?
- Have you learned the significance of saying thank you?
- Do you feel taken for granted by people you help in life?
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