All It Takes Is ‘Thank You’

Had we forgotten all of our leadership training already?

Luke 17:11-19

Reference: One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. (‭Luke‬ ‭17‬:‭15‬ NIV)

Explore: I was once invited to be a part of a 2 year leadership course. It came at a great time for me and I was able to apply so much of what I learned in the job I was doing.

In fact, I still find now that I am able to apply some of the techniques from that course in my life today.

After finishing the course I wrote a quick email to the coordinator. I expressed my thanks to him for allowing me this great opportunity and  for dedicating his time to developing Christian leaders.

My words were not poetic, they were not profound or verbose. They were just some simple words of thanks.

The coordinator wrote back almost immediately. He thanked me for the kind words and mentioned Luke 17, referring to me as the tenth leper.

I was glad my email had met with such appreciation, however, I was saddened to think this coordinator had only been thanked by a few rather than all. I know others had found the course invaluable, but they had allowed the opportunity to show their appreciation to slip by.

Had we forgotten all of our leadership training already?

Application: Unfortunately, this tale is all too frequent. We are quick to take but slow to appreciate.

Jesus honoured the one who returned to say thanks. What a great way to be honoured by Christ, for our appreciation of others.

May we also be honoured by Christ for such behaviour. May our thanks be often and to many. May we never hold back on expressing our thanks to those who have blessed us.

Prayer: Lord, may we never stop praising Your name for all You have done for us. May we be known for our love and appreciation of others. Amen.

Who do you need to offer thanks to?

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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.

1 comment:

RobbieJanuary 22, 2015 at 8:32 PMReply

Great post Linda. Thank you!