On Fridays, I love to stretch myself by participating in Lisa-Jo's 5 minute Friday blog party. Lisa-Jo gives us a word and we write for 5 minutes, writing from the heart, and not doing endless revisions of what we have written. Just plain and simple off-the-cuff writing. Visit her at her blog, Lisa-Jo Baker: tales from a Gypsy Mama, if you would like to participate.
Today's word is:
THANK-YOUThank-you. A phrase that means so much, and it is so glaringly obvious when it should have been said, and it wasn't.
It takes so little effort to say, but means so much.
Just the simple act of being courteous goes a long way in family life. No one wants to be taken for granted. Appreciation, no matter how simple, makes a person feel validated. If no one ever says thank you for the things you do, you feel like no one cares about you.
Think about how God feels when we go through life never thanking Him. Never being grateful for the way our bodies work, for the air we breathe, for the beauties of nature we see. Thinking that somehow WE are responsible for putting the roofs over our head and food on our table, yet never seeing that HE gives us the ability to do these things.
How about taking for granted the ultimate price Jesus paid for our salvation, yet not wanting to give even ten percent of what He helps us to earn. He is the head of the church but so often we don't want to roll out of bed and darken the doors of our local church. What about when we so often just sit at the dinner table and start stuffing our faces without even stopping to think of the way He provides not only food, but gave the cook creativity to cook dinner so that it is a work of art?
Thank-you. It doesn't seem enough, but thank you, Lord!