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Some of my stories are published in:
A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Little Thanks Would Be Nice!

What is it with not thanking people? I mean, really!

I was in the lady's restroom the other day. A woman in a wheelchair and her friend needed help so I opened the door and held it while they wheeled inside. Then I assisted them in cleaning up the "room" they needed because it looked --shall we say-- less than inviting. Finally, I helped them with the washing and drying and held the door so they could exit the restroom.
And they never said thankyou. Just rolled out the door. In fact, neither one even so much as acknowledged my presence as I performed my acts of service.

Imagine that!

Well, these were two old ladies, one of them handicapped. Maybe neither one was in her right mind.
See how generous I am? Ain't I wonderful?
Most of the time, when I bring a meal to a sick friend or give a gift, it is received with thanks and appreciation.
But when my service is not acknowledged?
Better know that I'm grumbling on the inside. And it's not my stomach.

But every time I complain in my heart about other people's lack of appreciation for my grand acts, I imagine God, throwing His arms out in a gesture of exasperation and saying, "Welcome to my world!"
"When I give you each day's breath, do you acknowledge Me?"
"When I sustain the world so that it doesn't spin off its axis, do you thank Me?"
"When I work tirelessly to prepare a wonderful home for you in heaven, do you praise ME?"

I'd have to say my answer to God's questions would be"sometimes."

Obviously I, too, miss the appreciation boat more times than I want to admit.

Maybe the secret to the world's greatest "Mother Theresa's" is that they realize how much unearned favor God shows them each day and then they turn around and give it to others, as well.

Just like my church's motto: "Broken People, Being Made New in Jesus, Overflowing with Gratitude, and Being Poured Out for Others."

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe." (Heb. 12:28)


  1. Well done, Dena. Thanks for the gentle reminder to have a thankful heart. "I thank my God every time I remember you." Phil 1:3 (NIV)

  2. Nancy, I find it so easy to see the speck in my brother's eye and miss the log in my own. Writing this post helps me remember to show grace.