Mind Your Manners

My husband taught a Life Skills workshop during youth group, last week. He shared some great information that would give students an edge as they prepare to enter the work force. One of my favorite tips was a simple gesture of minding your manners.

 

“Mail a thank-you card to the person who interviewed you.”

It sounds easy, but it’s not a common practice of potential employees. In fact, manners seem to be becoming a scarce commodity in the world, as well as in the church.

During this week’s Bible reading, I was reminded that ungratefulness is not a new concept.

In Luke 17:11-19, nine men forgot their manners after being blessed with a life-changing miracle.

Jesus meets “ten men who had leprosy.” They cried out to Him for healing.

“When he saw them, he said, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed” (Luke 17:14).

These men called out to Jesus. They didn’t hesitate in obeying Him. All ten were healed!

But, in verse 15, Scripture delivers a convicting shocker:

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him . . .”

Is it truly that easy to become so overwhelmed with an answer to prayer that we forget to thank the Giver of all good things?

A quick recap of my week made the answer to that question all too personal.

Did I thank God for every blessing I received, last week? Did I praise Him for protecting me every time I made it home safe in my car? Did I acknowledge Him for helping me through every tough time, for filling my lungs with air each time I took a breath?

How about those little blessings that can easily be taken for granted?

I woke up this morning. Thank You, Jesus!

I had a ride to church. Thank You, Jesus!

I enjoyed the beauty of a sunset after what felt like a long day. Thank You, Jesus!

I own a Bible and am allowed to read God’s Word without fearing for my life.

Thank You, Jesus!

As we go through each day, there are so many tangible expressions of God’s love that can slip through the cracks without so much as a simple “Thanks, Lord.”

Let’s not miss a chance to thank our Heavenly Father for being present in the extraordinary and mundane moments of our lives.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5, NIV)

What would you like to thank God for on this glorious day that He has made?

 

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