I felt hurt about the conversation that occurred when my daughter returned.
Reference: …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:20 NIV)
Explore: The other weekend, my daughter came home from a weekend away. With her social outings and work commitments, we had babysat her 7 month old all weekend.
Our grandson is an absolute delight and easily fits into our already chaotic life. But even so, I felt hurt about the conversation that occurred when my daughter returned.
“Did you bath him? When was his last feed? Did you put him down for a proper sleep this morning?”
In each question I felt she was judging my care and she was so busy asking questions that she never stopped to say thank you. I know that this simple courtesy had not been forgotten intentionally, but a little appreciation goes a long way.
Application: With this occasion still fresh in my mind, I now read Ephesians 5 where it encourages us to always give thanks to God. And I realise that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree!
So often I ask God for help and when He answers me I’m too busy asking for the next thing to stop to say thank you. And yet, a simple thank you goes a long way.
God doesn’t need my thank you. His self worth is not bound by our appreciation.
Stopping to say thanks is for me to remember how great my Saviour is! Stopping to say thanks is a reminder that I have not fulfilled my accomplishments in my own strength.
We’re all busy and moving quickly from one thing to the next. But let’s not forget to stop to say thank you, to those who have assisted us as well as to our Heavenly Father who has carried us through.
Prayer: Lord, Thank You. Thank you for… (You finish the prayer). Amen.
Who else deserves some thanks from you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.