Is Thank You Enough?

Is Thank You Enough?

By Mavis Tipton

Please and Thank You, two little phrases we learn before we can talk, and among some of the first words we say.

In the book “Good Manners, Matter” it tells us that 4 out of 25 good manners we learn tell us to say ‘thank you.’ 

What other words can express thank you, like ‘thank you?’  I don’t about you but sometimes it is difficult to find other words that express what is my heart.

Thank you can be an incredibly powerful pair of words, especially when the person you are thanking really needs to hear them and even better when it isn’t expected.

We all like to hear ‘Thank You’ for the things we do for others, even when we don’t need it or expect it.  It reassures us the act of kindness was needed and appreciated, and cherished.

Being thankful expresses gratitude, being grateful and blessed.

No matter how you may try to express ‘thank you’ differently – it still comes back to those two words.  How powerful they are.

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of those around you.

Words escape us when we are to trying to say ‘thank you,’ differently and yet ‘thank you,’ is all that is needed and speaks volumes. Thank you shows respect.

How we respond back is important as well. Sometimes ‘thank you,’ makes us feel uncomfortable, but we need to welcome the expression and let the person know their happiness has brought us joy.  “I was happy to do it.”  “I know you would do the same for me or someone else.”

So why am I writing about “Is Thank you Enough?”, because I was in a setting where we were praying, and as this person prayed, they began thanking the Lord over and over, and in the midst of praying said, “Lord is thank you enough?”  Immediately the Lord spoke to me and said “Yes, it is when it comes from the heart.” 

The Bible is full of scriptures that tell us to ‘give thanks.’  They instruct us to praise and thank the Lord.  The Lord delights in the praises of His people.

1 Chro. 23:30 “And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of ‘thanks and praise to Him.”

In this scripture praisehalalmeans to praise, to thank; rejoice, boast about someone.  Halulis the root from which “hallelujah; is formed.  The phrase is a command:  hallelu-Jah (all of you must praise Jah). Also derived from halalis tehillah.  A tehillahis a praise, a psalm, or a song.  The Hebrew title of the Book of Psalms is Tehillim, literally “Praises.”  

The Lord created us to praise and give thanks. When it is done from the heart He never grows tired of hearing it…and yes, it is enough

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with expressions of praise and thank you, may each recipient know without a shadow of a doubt it is coming from our heart.  And if you aren’t quite there with it coming from your heart, do it in faith. Please don’t stop with the holidays, may we put into practice every day the following quote. 

Christine Caine says: “Let’s choose gratitude as our attitude.”

Happy Thanksgiving 


Merry Christmas