The relationships we have with others should be broad avenues of gratitude and thanksgiving. Too often we get bogged down in the details of our interactions. When we do remember to say “thank you” to one another, we’re nearly constantly referring to simply one actions or favor.
How often do we have the ability to thank a man not just for something they have done, but for who they are and for what they actually mean to us?
In considering this, I’m reminded of a narrative in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus heals 10 lepers of their afflictions. Of the 10 who are treated, only one makes the attempt to say “thank you.” However he isn’t simply saying thank you. As a result of what’s happened, he falls down and praises God. It’s clear he understands who Jesus really is. Jesus even admits this by declaring that he has been made by the here guy’s religion beyond the simple curing of the ailment. By offering thanks and compliments, the man revealed that he not only appreciated what was done for him, but that he needed to maintain relationship with God from that day forward.
As we gather with our families and friends for Thanksgiving and the forthcoming holidays, we’re given the same chance as this man who had been cured by Jesus. We have the possibility to show gratitude to the folks in our lives, but we must go beyond merely thanking folks for what they’ve done. We care about to know how important they are to us, then we have to tell them, if we want the people. We must thank them for just being siblings, parents, children, our friends, relatives or whatever they could be. If we need those relationships to be as profound so that as purposeful as they should be, then they need to be cherished way above anything we value or appreciate.
All the good things in our lives flow from the relationships we have with other, and specially from that most important relationship that individuals have with God.
This year let’s not only thank people for what they’ve done.