I Didn't Quite Have the Words
Memorial Day, any day we observe that’s tied to our armed services, is a day I honor my dad as well. Thank him for his service. I know this next year is going to be filled with all my “firsts” without him. So I am walking that out as gracefully as I can. And on Memorial Day I just didn’t have the words.
I have other relatives and friends who have served and serve our country still as well. I want to thank all of them. Remember those who served and especially take time to honor those that have given their lives for us. Paid the ultimate sacrifice. I’m very grateful.
Gratitude is always a good thing. I talk a lot about gratitude to God. It’s important. Vital to our lives. (One of our keys to joy is entering into his gates with thanksgiving and finding joy in his presence! Psalm 100:4, 16:11) But it’s not just gratitude to God that matters. Being a grateful person matters. Showing gratitude every chance we get will have a huge impact on our lives and the lives of those around us. Our closest relationships, as well as perfect strangers, can benefit from our gratitude, our thankfulness. Why is it so important? Do you know what it takes to be grateful? Recognition. In order for me to thank you I have to notice what you did. Notice you. I think we all like to know we are seen. We matter. What we do matters. In order to be grateful and express it I have to stop what I’m doing and see you. Look up. Pause. Acknowledge. Give thanks.
That intentionality slows us down. It lets us see all the amazing things and people God has placed in our lives.
I am so grateful that I took the time to thank my dad while he was here. I did thank him for his service but I also got to thank him for just being my daddy. For teaching me so much. My dad was a very grateful man. It's why all his caregivers loved him so much. He was so grateful for all that everyone did for him. He never took them for granted. And he thanked them. He saw them. They mattered. It's why they cried with me once he was gone. He saw them and they loved him for it. Pausing to give thanks is always a good idea. We cross paths with people everyday who don’t feel seen. Heck, some of us don’t feel seen. Proverbs 11:25 says: “A generous person will prosper: whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” The Bible speaks often about reaping and sowing. What I give is what I’ll get. What if we choose to be generous with our gratitude today? Refresh others by pausing to give thanks. Maybe it is a service man or woman, maybe it’s a relative, maybe it’s a stranger in a store. How about all of the above? Can you take time to see someone today and give them thanks? Father, may what we sow today come back as a blessing of gratitude and being seen in our own lives. And may the simple act of gratitude fill us with joy as we appreciate all you do for your children. Thank you for always seeing us. Always loving us. "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thessalonians 5:18