Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
I’ve always made it my goal to use good manners. If I need help with something, I say “please” as I ask and shout “thank you!” before the person can even finish helping. It’s just something I’ve always made sure to do.
But not too long ago, I had to stop and ask myself: Does my quick, thankful response really come from a heart that’s grateful towards others? I couldn’t help but feel like my “thank you’s” were often only recited words.
Sometimes we get in the habit of doing things out of routine. And while practicing kind words and behaviors is important, we need to remember the real reason we’re saying and doing those things in the first place. We don’t want to forget to be truly grateful.
This very thing is true in our relationship with God too. Don’t let your prayers of thanksgiving only be words you repeat daily. God doesn’t just want your manners. He wants your heart. Express gratitude to the Lord from the depths of your heart each day, for He is good! Thank Him for His faithful love that endures forever.
ACTION POINT: Write a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord. Read it out loud to Him with all your heart.
BONUS ACTION POINT: Say thank you to someone today in a genuine way. Truly think about how they helped before you say it!
Staci Rudolph is a lead teacher for True Girl and loves to see girls grow in their personal relationship with Christ. She likes spicy food and writes beautiful songs. mytruegirl.com
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