May 15, 2020 - Thanks
When I woke up this morning, one of the first things I did was to give God thanks for another day in the land of the living. I also received a text from a young lady in Washington Hospital Center this morning who recently had a heart transplant. Her text message was loaded with expressions of gratitude to God and those who have been praying for her. Her recovery has gone well and she is looking forward to coming home within the next 48 hours. Psalm 107:1 immediately came to my mind, "Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever! " When we think about all God has done for us, we can't or shouldn't be able to say anything but thanks. We just don't say, Thank You" as often as we should or could in my opinion.
If we gave serious thought to the use of the word "thanks" we would probably agree that it is underused and underappreciated. As we go through the day and realize how much others have done for us, we should not be reluctant to simply say thanks. We too often take what others do for us for granted. This morning I am going to be giving thanks to my wife for breakfast, for being my wife, for loving me, for being in conversation with me, for being my friend. As a pastor I find myself receiving expressions of gratitude through cards, text messages, phone calls, emails, etc. It is a good feeling knowing that you are appreciated. My message to you today is simply this, "take time to let someone else know how much you appreciate them by simply saying, "Thanks!"
Take time to give thanks to God for the wonderful things He is doing in your life even during this time of a pandemic. Thank him for His grace, mercy, covering and protection in a time of such danger. If you can see your hands and wiggle your toes this morning, you should give Him thanks.
Too often we attempt to use alternatives to saying thank you. Someone may compliment you on how good your haircut looks. Rather than saying thank you, we might say, "Man I cut my own hair all the time." Someone may express to you how good your suit of clothes looks. Rather than saying thanks, we say, "I have had this old suit for years."
Someone is going to do something nice for or to you today. Prepare your lips right now to say, "Thank you!" Your expression of gratitude today may be to the UPS person, mail carrier, spouse, children, sibling parent, doctor, nurse, GEICO Insurance, government official, etc. Find a way to say thanks in your home today to someone who does something minor. If you have children in the home, practice saying "Thanks" around them even more, for it will benefit them as they mature into adults. It sounds simple, but it pays off in the long run.
In the earlier psalm I mentioned, Psalm 107, we are reminded that God has done so much for us even in times of calamities that we should give Him thanks. God wants us to tell somebody, all of what He has done in our lives. In this psalm, it speaks of different types of distresses and how God rescues His people: wanderers in the wilderness, prisoners, the distressed and those going through a storm. What we must remember is that God is able to assist us in any situation. As you open your doors today and look out and see the beauty of the day and all of God's creation, give thanks. We know that our God can change rivers into deserts, and springs of water into a dry, thirsty land. But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water. Thus says, psalm 107: 33 and 35.
If you are in the presence today of someone who has been working on the frontlines, please stop and simply say, "Thanks for all you do for us."
In closing, thanks for reading this message
Not a sermon, just a thought!
Robert Earl Slade, Pastor