I came home from work the other day and started filling Laura in on everything that had happened since we last connected in the morning. In the course of our conversation, I started talking about a member of our church and said something along the lines of, “I really love that guy and am so grateful for him.” Laura’s response was so typically female and so incredibly convicting, “Did you tell him that?”
Umm….no! What’s wrong with you? Guys don’t talk that way, babe!
Rather than say all that, I just mumbled something like, “no, but I’m sure I will” and quickly changed the subject. But Laura’s point was right on. Secret gratitude doesn’t do much good. But the words “thank you” have tremendous potential to lift, encourage and honor other people. So many times, I make the mistake of assuming people know I love them or appreciate them. Don’t fall into that trap. Be vocal, genuine and generous with your love and your gratitude.
The Apostle Paul (who is not the most touchy-feely guy in the Bible!) did this so well in his letter. Look at what he says about the church in Philippi in a letter addressed to them, “For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:7-8) Talk about swinging for the emotional fences!
You don’t have to be as eloquent as Paul to encourage someone today. So, let me ask you; Who do you need to text, call or look in the eye and thank? Who are you assuming knows how much they matter? Take some time to reach out today and tell them!