“Thank you” are two simple words that go a long way. I love hearing those words spoken not just to me but in general. I think it is so nice and actually powerful when someone takes the time to say “Thank you.” We teach those two words to children knowing that those words will help them grow as good citizens. However, we tend to lose those words as we get older. They don’t always make it into the most spoken words among adults. There are choice words that take the place of this nice expression of gratitude. Gratitude is probably the most underrated attitude these days and yet it is vital in this world where hate is rampant. I am inviting you today to maintain your “Thank you’s” and to let them be louder than the disrespect and ingratitude that exist. Let your “Thank you ” be heard. Thank the Lord at all times and thank anyone you can thank like it’s your job. “Thank you” will change your defeated mentality into a winner’s mentality. “Thank you” will enable you to win against all the harshness that seems to be prevailing nowadays. “Thank you” manifests kindness and we all need a lot of it.
When I think of the times where I have felt the most connected to God, I always remember that gratitude has played a major role in that connection. The Lord wants us to be thankful and He wants us to keep a thankful attitude at all times. Whining overpowers thanksgiving in many circles including Christian circles. God never said “Whine your heart out and you will experience major spiritual breakthroughs” but we act as if that is what He said. Whining gives us a license to express all the negativity we want without feeling too guilty about it. Venting is a coverup for whining and it seems acceptable. Venting and whining are siblings that see complaining as a way of life. They are not in the same family as “Thank you.” “Thank you” has a quiet and peaceful whisper whereas venting is loud and obnoxious. Whining is a crying wolf while “Thank you” is a singing sheep. “Thank you” offers appreciation and recognizes someone’s merit. Let our “Thank you’s” take over our “I hate you’s.”
If you want to live a life of peace and attract good things into your life, say “Thank you” all the time. Thank the Lord for the smallest things. Let your attitude say “Thanks”. Show Him how much you appreciate all He does. The more you do it and the more blessings you will receive. “Thank you” opens many doors and it is the key to many problems. Now, take “Thank you” and combine it with faith and you have the winning formula. The two together speak gratitude for things that have not happened yet. They believe and they trust and they know there will be a way so they show their appreciation for what’s to come. Project your “Thank you’s” and project your victories. Be thankful for what’s to come. Show your faith by saying “Thank you, Lord” even when your mind wants to say “Lord, I really don’t know about this, Lord.” Thank the Lord for the battles He has won on your behalf. Stare at obstacles in the face and say “Thank You, Lord this obstruction doesn’t stand a chance.” “Thank you” spreads kindness and it calls for victory. Use those two words more. Be the kind and confident person you were meant to be. Thank you!