Daily Devotional – 5/26/16 “Thank you!”

Thank you! Yes, you … thank you. Thank you for choosing to read my devotionals, thank you for looking to me for a word of encouragement and thank you for believing in me. See, I’ve realized, sometimes you just need to tell folk thank you. Don’t wait until they do something for you, show them you’re thankful simply because they are there. A lot of times, we get in our feelings saying things like no one cares about me, they just take me for granted when in reality; all they need to hear is thank you. It goes a long way. It lets them know you’re appreciative of them. It lets them know, I may not be able to show my gratitude by way of monetary value but I want you to know that I am thankful for all you do. And whether you know it or not, genuine thanks is worth more than money; there is no value. This is why I said thank you. It’s because I need you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you. Yes, I could write devotionals without you but what good is that if no one reads them but me? I need you. This is why I had to let you know that I am grateful for you.

Saying thank you, I appreciate you, your hard work isn’t going unnoticed, I’m proud of you, you can do it, don’t give up or I believe in you means more to a person than buying them flowers that will soon die. Let me show you what I mean. There’s an older lady, at the church I grew up in who used to give my sister and I a dollar on our birthday every year, she never forgot. I haven’t been a member there in over six years but I still visit. This year on our birthday, she called. She called to let me know she was proud of me and the things that I’d done and do. I let her know that I am the woman I am today partly because of being raised there by women like her. She had me in tears. It wasn’t about the dollar that I’d normally receive but it was the genuine love she has for me. Her call, her words, her love meant more to me than anything. These are the type of people you ought to have in your corner. Those who will call you out the blue and say I love you, I see you working, I’m proud of you and etc. Saying thank you even to someone who should say it to you throws them off. Saying thank you to your spouse, your family and friends; it helps. Saying thank you to God, lets Him know His sacrifice doesn’t go unnoticed. Try it and I can bet you, it’ll go farther than you’d ever expect. Thank you!

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