Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Only People You Should Get Even With

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” ~John E. Southard

Some good deeds done to us in life we may never be able to repay: I can’t begin to thank my parents enough for raising me in a God-fearing home where both parents loved God, each other, and my four sisters and me. I could never repay them but to pay it forward to my children one day.

I hear it’s the ‘little things’ that make people happy. There is one obvious ‘little thing’ I can offer: a “thank you.”

However, in a culture where it’s about the car you drive, the size house in which you live, the computer I’m writing this on—this generation of Americans is emerging with a growing sense of entitlement. Some could never have enough. When things are given to them, it was to be expected. They deserved it, because all their friends already have it.

As a society we have to come to the place of gratitude. This is twofold: the Bible says that all good things come from the Lord; and with that, God sometimes uses people that give to us and fulfill this. They both deserve our thanks.

Build the habit of thanking God every day for the good things in life—whether that be the job you do have, the spouse you’re already with, the friends that are still there, and the health that many don’t enjoy.

With that, when someone does something for you, NEVER let it go unnoticed. It’s been said that letter writing is a lost art. Well I’ve learned that people appreciate a tangible-thank you. At the very least, let’s thank you-text message five people today who have invested in our lives. I’m already eager to hear the responses of those thanked!

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