Happy belated Thanksgiving! (Is that a thing?) 🦃 I hope your holiday was filled with lots of laughs and lots of plates 🍽. The Thanksgiving holiday really got me thinking about how we put so much emphasis on making sure we say thank you on this one particular day... but why do we even need a designated day...there's always something/ someone who deserves gratitude. Perhaps it's that we do say thank you, but not enough. Like seriously, when was the last time you told a custodian thank you? What about a busboy/ girl (shoutout to the busgirls one time!) Sure we say thank you to the obvious people who hold open a door for us or give us something we ordered, but what about the unsung heroes who are behind the scenes?
This Thanksgiving, I was reminded of the story in the bible where Jesus heals 10 lepers. If you don't know it, gather around for story time 📙. (Luke 17:11-19)
So Jesus is walking to Jerusalem right? He entered into a small village where 10 men with leprosy met him from a distance... they probably were just about to yell " unclean, unclean!" 🙅🏾when they noticed it was Jesus! That was probably the only bit of hope and human interaction they had had in a long time outside of each other. So instead they cried "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" when they found out that it was really Him. 🙌🏾 YES! MORE HOPE! The bible doesn't say how long these men had been sick, but I would assume that since they are referred to as "men" it had to have been a while right?
Back to the story- Jesus sees the men and instead of running away from them so not to get infected, Jesus goes (runs-in my head) to them eager to heal them. Without question or context He tells them to go show themselves to the priests... in their obedience (and His grace) they were cleansed of their leprosy. Here's where it gets good... Jesus was probably hanging out 😎 when all of a sudden one of the men comes running back shouting "Praise God!" as he falls to Jesus' feet thanking Him for what He had done. Y'all on top of that homeboy was a Samaritian, considered one of the lowest of the low. But yet HE was the one who came back to say thank you. The ONLY one at that! Jesus was like... so you mean to tell me that out of the TEN of you nobody else came back? What happened to the other 9? 💁🏾♂️ Jesus said to the Samaritan, "Stand up and go, your faith has healed you". Now because I'm petty, I'd like to think Jesus gave that leprosy right back to the other 9, but we all know that's not in His character...He's a good, good father, BUT if He had done that, he would be well in His right. lol
I say all this point out how easy it is for us to receive a gift (for the 10 men it was healing), but get so excited about getting our wants and desires met that we forget or even sometimes choose not to show gratitude 😔. I'm guilty of this too especially when I get excited! lol BUT we have to remember that there's a difference between just saying thank you (which is just good manners) and actually being thankful (reflecting on the actions of the person and really allowing yourself to take those actions to heart❤️).
Here are tips on everyday gratitude:
Look people in the eye and say thank you 👀🗣
Spend about 5 minutes each night reflecting on thoughtful things people did for you that day 🤔
Consider what your day would have been like if that person hadn't done the task for you 😩
Say thank you again and mean it 👀🗣👀
Thanks for reading!
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