With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching I have been thinking about that very subject. It will not be too many days and I will be standing before the men at the mission and I am looking for some nugget of truth to share with them.
I have been rolling around the idea of “Thanks-Living” and “Thanksgiving Living”. Either idea is a good one I believe and I think they both convey about the same message really.
We have all met people that are so self-centered or self-focused that they would not say “Thank you” to anyone. That is sad. As I get older I try to let those around me know that I am thankful. I especially try to let those in the public who serve us know that I am thankful for their service to me and my family.
Someone wisely said, “If you can read thank a teacher. If you can read in English thank a soldier.” This is especially true in this day and age. When was the last time you thanked your trash man for picking up your stinking garbage. Don’t give me, “He gets paid to do that.” I try to let them know that I appreciate them picking up our nasty smelling garbage. In return when I need to get rid of something a little outside the parameters for pick up they usually just take it. Then I give them a little something with a “Thank you!”
Look at Romans 16:4, “Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.” When you look at those who serve you in this light of Scripture it changes things dramatically.
So, how are you doing?