Call me old-fashioned but I have always loved a handwritten thank you note. I enjoy giving them and receiving them. It’s just something about the paper and pen in my hands that feels so authentic. You probably won’t find a scratched out word in my note. Nope. I’d rather toss it and start over.

I’ve made sure to pass along the lost art of a handwritten note to my children. About a year ago, I checked my mailbox and found a small envelope addressed to “Mom and Dad”, written in a familiar handwriting. I was filled with joy as I read the heartfelt note from our daughter, thanking us for a graduation gift. She didn’t mail the letter from another zip code. Since she was living at home with us again, she actually walked it down the driveway and placed it in our mailbox.

Every person that you or I know needs to hear those two little words – thank you. Whether written on a sticky note, spoken out loud or typed in an email, it is the expression of a grateful heart that blesses the giver and receiver.

One of God’s desires for us is to be grateful people. And the number of reasons he has given us to be grateful is extra-long. Starting counting them and you can’t help but also pour out the thanks that he deserves. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Journal your gratitude. Remember those handwritten notes I mentioned?

2. Express your gratitude through worship.

“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2

3. Give generously. Share what God has given to you with others.

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

4. Pray regularly throughout the day.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Our gratitude toward God is going to spill over to those he created. It can be life-giving and life-changing. Be intentional and generous with your thank you’s just as God is intentional and generous with you!