Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


January 5, 2012

My mother taught me to write thank you notes.  I still write them, but not nearly enough.  But mom is right, thanking people, acknowledging their graces in our lives--that's rich.

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.
                            ---1 Thessalonians 5:12 TNIV
Paul gives a series of final instructions to the Thessalonians, and in the midst of that list, "acknowledge..."  I saw a person on a morning TV show last week who turned his disappointing life around merely by writing one thank you note per day to someone who touched his life: a waitress, a friend, a neighbor, the doorman at his apartment...
As Christ-followers, we have been blessed by the grace and generosity of Jesus Christ.  What if we heeded Paul's exhortation?  Who could you acknowledge today?  Who tomorrow?
Dale Patterson