These very important words are often treated in the same way as words like ‘hi’, ‘how are you?’ or ‘hello’. Being aware of people and things around you is a gift. It’s sad that the busy pace of our lives often blinds us to the kindness of those around us.

I’ve had the privilege over the past few months of sitting in some unusual places in the world, most often with a cappuccino in hand, and I’ve been so grateful for all that God has done in my life. You can see the Psalmist of scripture arrive at some of these moments as he contemplates how good God has been to him. Psalm 107:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Let’s pause today and be thankful: thankful to our parents for all they have sacrificed to make our lives better; thankful for our co-workers, mentors, bosses, pastors, children; and thankful to our spouses for their enduring love. My encouragement to you is to express your gratitude. It is in saying thank you that we make a difference in other people’s lives…it will bless someone else, but also connect you with what it means to be a believer. Proverbs 3:27 “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

In raising this, I’m incredibly grateful for CityHill, not the organisation, but each one of you across the various Churches. I’m grateful for your capacity to adapt to change. We are a few years into our role of working apostolic-ally with the Churches that relate within our ‘family’. I am amazed at how receptive and open you all are to Karen and I, and the things that God wants to do, as we make our way around to the various Churches in Durban and other parts of the world.

You all have an amazing capacity for mission, and I constantly meet people coming up with new missional ideas as to how we, as Christians, can reach more people….THANK YOU.

Why don’t you take up the ‘Thank You Challenge’ and thank someone after reading this article. It may be an old friend who has had a big impact on your life, but you haven’t spoken to them in years. It may be your children, who are constantly being reminded by you to be thankful…but maybe it’s your turn to express your thankfulness to them. Just say thank you.

Let this part of God’s family be known, not just for our ability to get a lot done, but our desire to build each other up by living lives that express thankfulness and kindness.

 

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