It really is a pleasant word. “Thanks.” Sure it is short for “Thank-you, but we all understand it. The smile that frequently accompanies the word seals the deeper, comfortable word. Psychologists tell us that the attitude is healthy, but more importantly, the Bible, God’s Word urges it upon us.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice! Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.” Psalm 105:1-5
When we really appreciate someone or something we say “thanks.”
I am wondering how frequently you have added to your own healthiness by using the word. Perhaps this week when we Americans remember the graciousness of God to our forefathers, we will “dust off the old word” and use it freely.
“Thanks, Mom, for fixing my school lunch.”
“Thanks, daughter, for making your bed.”
“Thanks, wife, for your careful grocery shopping.”
“Thanks, Dad, for taking me to soccer practice.”
With just a little effort our list will fill several sheets of notebook paper. Will you make your list and bring it out at the Thanksgiving meal and read it aloud to the family and friends who gather around the bounty of the day?
Perhaps, maybe, just per chance, you would even consider writing a letter to you town council person, you legislator, your governor or even a high level federal official and tell them “thanks.” It might shock them to receive such a missive instead of the usual complaint or advice.
Happy saying “thanks.”