So for Lent I’m saying thank you. In my email box this morning was an email from 40acts:
“Living with lots of criticism and no thanks can harden people, but appreciation of the smallest things can make a person feel cherished and worthwhile. Try this: when you wake up in the morning – before you check your emails, fill the kettle or jump in the shower – grab a pen and write a thank you note. Starting your day thankful is a great foundation for generosity.”
Okay maybe not a thank you note but a mindset to say thank you is important.
The email continues with:
“Today’s contributor: Joel Edwards, Micah Challenge
‘I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.’ 1 Corinthians 1:4
When Bradley Wiggins, Olympic Gold medal winner and the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France 2012, became The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2012, there were a lot of people who were nervous about what he might say.
But they needn’t have worried. He said what every other person on the stage said: they owed everything to just about everybody else.
Probably the greatest fear for anyone receiving any kind of reward is the fear of forgetting to remember the people who helped get them there. Could you imagine an acceptance speech, which didn’t do that?
So that’s what Paul did. For all the accolades he received, the miracles performed and missionary records set, he never lost sight of the fact that he did it with a little help from his friends. Paul, the apostolic personality of the ages was an Olympian ‘thanker’.
Quite frankly, a great ‘thanker’ is not necessarily a brilliant socialite. The single-mindedness of an Olympian or a mega star is as likely to be associated with a solitary soul obsessed with achievement. But ultimately, even the most isolated achiever has to look up from the task to recognise the people who helped them achieve. And in that act of recognition, we reaffirm our humanity.
And everyone can do it.
Whoever we are, and whatever we have accomplished, someone helped to get us there. And no one should ever underestimate our power to influence others for good, simply by saying, “Thank you”. Or as Paul would say, “I thank my God for you.”
Who do you need to thank God for and thank others for today?”
Well I thank you for reading and for God the day he has given me! 😀