Thursday, October 08, 2009

Time to Thank Someone

It’s time to acknowledge those who have encouraged, inspired, and helped us. October is Christian Leadership Recognition Month, but this does not mean we must wait until an annual, official commendation.

Looking for a person to tell, “Thanks!” is a good exercise for our brains. Writing a personalized acknowledgement is a good exercise for our hearts.

One year we sent this photo of Glacier lakes by Peter Hardt ©2007.
(Double click to enlarge.)

Here's a Bible verse we included in an earlier letter of “Thanks!”
“We give thanks to God always
for you making mention of you
in our prayers,
remembering without ceasing
your work of faith,
labor of love,
and patience of hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ
in the sight of our God and Father,” 1 Thessalonians 1:2, 3

Last week my friend, Jann, wanted to convey special appreciation to a group of people at her church. Here is what I sent her:

                                                         We Value Our Volunteers

                                                         Adaptable workers,
                                                         Generous and kind,
                                                         Focused on quality,
                                                         Helping on their mind.

                                                         Ideas to suggest,
                                                        Their talent to share,
                                                        Some time to give;
                                                        People who care!

                                                         Doers with kindness,
                                                         Learners with a smile,
                                                         Filling a need,
                                                         Thoughtful all the while.

                                                        Available participants
                                                        Spreading good cheer;
                                                        We need volunteers
                                                        And we’re glad they’re here.
By Elaine Hardt ©2009

Who has done something meaningful for you? A word of appreciation is a blessing you can bestow.