Sometime ago Kristi and I took a vacation where we stayed in a fairly nice hotel. It was a wonderful vacation that we had saved and saved for, and the trip was just what we needed. Each day we would sleep in, spend wonderful, uninterrupted time with the Lord, enjoy a late breakfast, and get ready for the day. Our goal was to get out of our room in time for the morning maid service to do their helpful task of cleaning and straitening up our room which was such a joy to us because we were not used to this kind of treatment.
It was amazing, these ‘ministers of order and neatness’ would whisk through our room; making the bed adorned with a fragrant flower, the floor would be vacuumed, the bathroom set with fresh towels, the room furniture all back to its showcase staging. The room not only looked nice and neat but its fragrance just brought a smile.
Deep down we were thankful for their service. Yes, I know you could say we paid for it, but we were just so appreciative of their work and attention to detail. Oh, I forgot to mention they would fold a towel into a different animal each night and set it somewhere in the room, and they would even turned down our sheets at night and put a chocolate on our pillow. How great is that!!
Like I said, we were not used to this type of accommodations, so you could imagine how blown away we were when we experienced it all. Well, being my wife is so good about thanking people, Kristi would write a short thank you note each morning with a tip for the maid. She would include in this note of appreciation how much we were enjoying our stay, their wonderful care for us, how this time was encouraging to us, and weave in how we were enjoying God’s blessing through them, and then maybe end with an encouraging Bible verse.
A few days into this incredible vacation we entered our room just as the maid was leaving and she said, “thank you for the blessing.” My first thought was she was thanking us for the monetary tip we left, and I thought ‘oh good, I was worried it wasn’t enough.’ (Then I thought ‘wait did I give too much!’) But as these thoughts went through my mind the maid pulled out the note from her pocket and referring to the note again said, “thank you for the blessing.” Wow, I was not expecting that. As we would see her around the hotel she would pull out the different notes and thank us. It did really seem to be an encouragement to her, something she valued, something that made her day, something that lifted her spirits, something she valued enough to keep with her and respond to. But it was just a simple note. Some were even written in a hurry.
Yet as I reflected on the notes and words of appreciation I have received, I too have saved them (I actually have a few files of them) and considered them a real blessing from the Lord. It’s amazing how much of an encouragement we can be with just a few thought out words.
The truth is our words have some amazing power.
James 3:9 9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.
James goes on to talk about the power of our words. Read all of James 3 and get the full meaning of it. So we need to be careful with our words.
Ephesians 4:29 29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
The word ‘unwholesome’ means to tear down, so we are to on-purpose use words to build up, not tear down. And to be appreciative is one way to affirm and build up. Plus God has said…
1 Thessalonians 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
So let’s be people who are thankful, affirming, and encouraging to those around us. I bet you could make someone’s day if you sincerely thanked them. Why not give it a try.
I am thankful for you for reading this and sharing this moment, and for the moments we share in person. May God bless you and may you sense His abundant and wonderful love.
Seeking to Share Thanks with You,