Why Do I Forget to Say Thank You?
by Janis Cox
“Thank you” – two little words with so much power. The only other words with equal or more power are “I’m sorry”.
Why do I have trouble saying thank you? I think it comes down to PRIDE – I don’t want to lower myself and admit I needed help.
I think our ability to say thank you to people is directly related to our ability to thank God.
This week was an easy one for me to thank God – for the safe arrival of our 6th grandchild. The words flowed; the praise and the thanks.
But on a day to day basis, even when I do the Joy Dare (counting gifts) I look, I find and I record BUT I forget to thank the One for the gift. I forget to thank the Giver.
When I read the Scriptures I read, I study, I even question God, I record my thoughts BUT do I thank Him for His Word – NO.
One of the first Scriptures I memorized is found in Philippians:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6, NIV). [emphasis mine]
With thanksgiving – oh those are meaningful words.
Thank Him, Thank Him – all ye little children – remember that one?
Here is a new song for me “I’m Alive” by Peter Furler.
Here are the words to the chorus:
I’m on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alight
And with no way to hold it inside
I wanted to thank You
This week I want to be more intentional in my thanksgiving. I want to be aware of thanking Him for every little thing.
Father, forgive me for taking all that You do for granted. I do want to thank You. I will try this week to remind myself of those two little words and use them daily in my walk with You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN
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Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.