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Have you ever found yourself doing a lot for the well-being of others and were happy doing so? You have a servant’s heart, and you seek to do what Jesus commanded you to do: “love one another” (John 15:17). There are many ways you can demonstrate love for others that will make a difference in their life, including small acts of kindness that do not cost a dime. Many people with a servant’s heart contribute to the well-being of others without a second thought and expect nothing in return. Though, a simple act of gratitude such as saying “thank you” in recognition of the kindness would be nice! To whom should we express gratitude? Let’s explore this further.
Gratitude involves expressing appreciation to others regarding their positive contributions. When gratitude is expressed to others, it helps them understand their helpful qualities and important impact on others. Often individuals with a servant’s heart continually give of themselves, and their instant reward was knowing they did something for the good of others. I have encountered “givers” over the years who gladly helped others, and if you tried to repay them somehow, they quickly rejected this. With this realization, I would say “thank you,” which was all that was needed.
Gratitude is an important quality that can help to motivate and rejuvenate others. They may feel burned out and discouraged with their never-ending work and are close to stopping. A simple “thank you” and acknowledgment of their efforts and contributions could easily encourage others. Encouragement in this manner may be equivalent to giving someone a million dollars and helping them to continue their positive contributions. Is saying “thank you” so hard? No! If this is an area you can improve in, consider doing so.
The Bible provides multiple scriptural passages indicating we should give thanks to the Lord:
- “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1/NIV)
- “I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.” (Psalm 7:17)
- “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1/NIV)
Through these biblical passages, a few reasons we should give thanks to the Lord are provided. Because of His love and righteousness, I can be a good servant and do the work He has placed before me to do. Without these two essential qualities, my servant actions would not be successful. The Bible does tell us to let our light shine before others, so they may see our good deeds, which will bring glory and honor to God (Matthew 5:16). Saying “thank you” is not so hard! Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! Also, give thanks to those around you and let them know what you appreciate about them. Doing so will mean more than giving them a million dollars!
Many blessings to you!
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