IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE POWER OF SAYING THANK YOU
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6
Summary: We must cultivate a grateful heart with the Lord and learn to say “Thank You” to Him and to others. Thank You has the power to change our heart and others hearts! It can even transform our outlook on life and death.
There is untapped power in praise and thanksgiving that belongs to you!
When we truly understand what is behind living a life of saying thank you there is a power released for us to enjoy. If you did a quick Google search on ‘gratitude’ or ‘being thankful’ you will discover various health sites providing medical proof that thankful people are healthier people. These benefits include: the ability to cope with stress, more mentally alert, a greater optimism about the future, overall improved physical health and a higher likability factor resulting in a wholesome social life.
Thanksgiving is GIVING THANKS.
It is intentionally releasing something we possess with a cheerful heart. The word thanks is an adverb that describes HOW we give. If we are thankful we willingly give, if we are ungrateful we take.
It’s interesting to note that “think” and “thank”come from same Anglo-Saxon root word. It has been proven if a person takes time each day to write out 20 things they are thankful for, it will have a profound affect on their mental stability and release anxiety. This takes significant thought, but the rewards are amazing.
It takes effort to think about God’s goodness and thank Him, or to think what someone has done for us and sincerely thank that person. A simple thank you note requires we sacrifice some time and a few dollars, but the benefits are huge.
The art of “Thank you” is created and birthed from a grateful heart and for the most part it is a learned behavior. Did you hear that- You can learn to be grateful and thankful!
It is important to recognize the time it took for the nice thing someone did for you, especially when we live in a time deprived society. When we do we acknowledge our relationship with the person we say “Thank You” to. It’s a simple sign of respect. If we do not express gratitude, our relationship might change because we show we don’t care about the other person’s gift or act of love.
Usually toddlers learn this valuable art form of speech and attitude through repetition and good parenting skills. They learn it also by example! Usually eager to please toddlers learn this art form of communication with others. But the teen years hit and all bets are off on the art of “Thank You” but most people will come back to some semblance of this art form as they grow into adults. Notice most but not all! As we grow into adulthood the amount of appreciation we express, and our ability to sincerely say “Thank You” has a dramatic impact on how we relate to others. It will have a powerful impact on our marriages, our families, our church, our communities, our places of work and school.
Researchers Adam Grant and Francesco Gino studied the impact of a sincere “Thank You” in the workplace. Their findings showed a 50% percent increase in the performance and help from their employees who were appreciated. In a related experiment by these same researchers they found that when a director of an organization personally thanked half the staff for their contribution to the company there was a 50% increase in sales by the 50% group who was thanked for their hard work. Do you see the power of “Thank You?”
There have been numerous other experiments showing the same result – there is power in the words of “Thank You” this simple phrase has the ability to improve relationships and even job performance.
So the first lesson on the art of “Thank You” is this, if you want a more positive and healthy environment around you learn the art of “Thank You!”
You don’t get something for nothing.” “You get what you pay for.” “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” We’ve all heard these expressions, and probably used them ourselves at one time or another. They reflect what it’s like in the real world, the give and take required to get along. That’s why many of us feel we have to bargain with God, as if we were haggling with a used car salesperson. And that’s why we have such a hard time accepting that with God it’s different. Because God doesn’t cut any deals; God doesn’t strike any bargains. God gives whatever God wishes – this creation, our lives, our talents, our many blessings, God’s love, forgiveness, presence, support – all with no strings attached.
But it’s hard for many of us to believe or accept this. So we try to figure out ways to manipulate God by playing the “I’ll scratch your back, God, if you’ll scratch mine” game. We act as if the things we do and say actually earn us God’s favor, and if we don’t do all the correct things perfectly and in order, then God has the absolute right to punish us, to leave us high and dry to stew in our sins, and to withhold the divine love that we so desperately need.
Do your praises equal your prayers? Is your scale balanced? Don’t wait to offer praise and thanksgiving to God until things are just as you like them to be—praise Him in every situation,. Praise Him for who He is and what He’s done in your life. Praise Him that you’re saved, delivered, healed and headed for heaven. Praise Him as your Creator, Restorer, Friend, Counselor, Comforter and Strong Tower. There is so much to be thankful for! Take time to thank Him each and every day. Then, watch as power is released into your circumstances in a way that scared and begging prayers can never accomplish.
Giving thanks is not something that is spontaneous. Expressing our thanks to another person is a deliberate act. We learn to be thankful people by watching those around us.
Gratitude and appreciation are important. People who are thankful are happy people. People who are thankful have lots of friends. People who are thankful have learned to say with Paul, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). Thankful people know real thanks giving springs from a heart that is focused on God.
The Bible tells us that we are separated from God because we have sinned. But God loves us—He loves you, He loves me—and He wants us to be part of His family forever. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. All we need to do is reach out in faith and accept Christ as our Savior and Lord: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
Have you opened your heart to Jesus Christ? If not, turn to Him with a simple prayer of repentance and faith, and thank Him for what He has done for you. And if you do know Christ, how long has it been since you thanked God for your salvation? We should not let a day go by without thanking God for His mercy and His grace to us in Jesus Christ.
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