I have tried to make it a habit to say “thanks” or “thank you” at the end of most conversations. The downside to a habit is that it’s a habit – that is, you can do it without thinking about it.
There are times when that is true of my “thanks”. I’ve said it so often that it comes out without effort. And that’s good and bad. Obviously, it’s good because Christians are to “give thanks in everything” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). But it’s bad when we stop thinking about who we are thanking and why.
So, let me put a few intentional, thought-through “thanks” out there today.
Thanks, Saralynn, for being my wife for nearly 13 years now. I love you more than I can put into words. I can’t wait to see what the next 57 years bring. 🙂
Thanks, Nathan, Micah, David, and Rachael, for genuinely loving your dad who fails frequently and (usually) trying to do what pleases me. I wouldn’t trade you for anything in the world.
Thanks, Dad and Mom, for sacrificing a lot of things we could have had (even more than we did) in order to ensure for us a solid biblical foundation in a good church and school. The things people notice about me most are the direct result of what they never noticed – and even criticized – about you.
Thanks, Oak Tree Community Church, for allowing me to find, develop, and exercise my gifts and talents, even if it means you feel like guinea pigs sometimes as we try new things. Thanks for your love for God and other people. It’s a privilege to serve you.
Thanks, OTCC leaders, for everything you do that the rest of the church will never see. I see, and God sees. I know you will be rewarded for your faithfulness. It’s a privilege to serve alongside you.
OK, your turn. Who are you thankful for this year?