Friday, August 13, 2010

Meanings: Thank You

My husband recently listened to a science podcast. He told me that scientists discovered that the phrase that was used most by couples with a successful relationship is, ‘Thank you’.*

One would think that, “I love you”, would be the winning phrase, but those words are all too often bandied around and abused. They lack power because on their own they are just mere words. On the other hand, saying, “Thank you,” is showing that love because it is an expression of our gratitude towards the person we thank – for who they are, for what they have done, or what they have promised.

To thank someone is humbling, it pushes pride aside, and it’s not asking for anything in return. And the added psychological bonus is a boost in happiness and healthiness.

This led me to think about our relationship with our Lord. When we thank God for His presence in our lives, we are saying that we accept Him, we value His promises, we appreciate His love, we are grateful for His sacrifice. When we thank Him, we show our love for Him.

Have you sat in humble thanksgiving with the Lord today?


*Unfortunately I can’t find the podcast to link it here, but the theory behind it can be confirmed here.

11 comments:

THE OLD GEEZER said...

God loves to hear us say thank you. An ungrateful person can never experience the joy of the Lord.

God bless you, ~Ron

Lynda Young said...

Hi Ron! That's so true. We need to be truly gratful to fully experience the joy of God :)

Rita said...

Being kind to our spouses means a whole lot more than hearing the words "I love you." It says much more in the long run. I'd rather be with a polite person than a gushy one any day of the week. Good post!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes I do need to show my love more...great post! Thanks for reminding me.
kim

Karen said...

This was great...I had never thought about it quite like that before...makes me feel rather selfish and ungrateful...I need to do better....

Lynda Young said...

Rita, what about a gushy AND polite person? ;)

Karen, sometimes when we say , "I love you", we can also mean "thank you". When this happens, the meaning is clear. Hugs.

Sandy said...

Such truth here. Thank you
can mean so much more than
we imagine. I love doing my
Gratitude List every week as
it has literally changed my
life and way of thinking.
Blessings,
Sandy

Lynda Young said...

Sandy, I love your gratitude list every week also. It reminds me to be grateful too.

Just Be Real said...

Lyn, appreciated you sharing on this. Blessings, JBR

Connie Arnold said...

Saying thank you shows love and lets the person know they are not taken for granted, that what was done makes a difference to us. We do need to show our love and thank the Lord more. Thank you for the lovely reminder!

Lynda Young said...

Connie, thanks for leaving a comment. I hope your blog tour is going well.
Blessings
Lyn