My wife has taught me the importance of handwriting thank you notes. I’ve never known her not to write such a note when warranted – and she reminds me to take care of my responsibilities as well. Maybe you’d prefer to send a text or an email, but I nevertheless encourage you to express your thanksgiving to several people this year. With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, surprise somebody between now and then with a word of thanksgiving.
- Your spouse – A surprise thank you can go a long way.
- Your children – Let them know you really are grateful for them. Your little ones might even appreciate getting a note in the mail.
- Your parents – If your parents are living, send them a word of thanks as appropriate. No matter how old we get, gratitude is still welcome.
- Your pastor – It’s no longer Pastor Appreciation Month, but that reality makes a note of thanksgiving that much more significant.
- Your church staff members – Sometimes (and wrongly), staff members aren’t honored during Pastor Appreciation Month. Thank them now with a brief note.
- Your small group leaders – They serve week after week, with no expectation of recognition. For that reason, do recognize them.
- Your children’s Bible study teachers – I love children, but I’m not sure if I could teach them every week. So, I’m grateful for those who do. If you’re grateful, too, tell them.
- The person who led you to the Lord – If he or she is still alive, send a note. What greater gift than Jesus can someone give you?
- The person who most inspires you today – Seldom do we realize how much people watch our lives. Say thanks to the one whose life most challenges and inspires you.
- A present or former teacher – I’m biased, I admit it, but teachers make a difference. A note to your teacher (or your child’s teacher) can encourage someone to press on through another day.
- A non-believing friend – Perhaps you have a friend who doesn’t yet follow Jesus, but who is important to you. An unexpected thank you note can strengthen that relationship – and maybe open the door to sharing the gospel.
- God – After all, He’s the source of all our blessings. Journal a prayer of thanksgiving to Him today.
What other notes would you add to this list?