Consider a situation where you send some money to a friend in financial difficulty. You call them up to confirm that they received the money and they assure you that they did, but they don’t say anything to show that they are grateful . . . nothing, no “thank you”. They go ahead and use the money and can you imagine that they actually send you a plea for more assistance.
Now, I guarantee that you would not feel very favorably disposed towards them. Their audacity to ask for more when
they had not even acknowledged your previous effort to help would most certainly grate on your very nerves. Really, the least you would expect from a beneficiary of your help is a simple “Thank you!” It is quite unlikely that you would help that person again.
Everyone would agree that it does feel good when you do something for someone or give them something and they say "Thank you!". You probably don’t help or give things to people for the express purpose of receiving a “Thank you” (hopefully!). However, when you have given up something - whether your time or resources, or maybe used your influence or goodwill with others to benefit someone - it is not too much of an expectation that they say a simple “Thank you”.
Remember the ten lepers that Jesus healed and only one came back to give thanks? (Luke 17:11-19). Even God has something to say about not showing gratitude! In the bible there is a lot about thanksgiving. It's called thanksgiving because “thanks” is something tangible that is given. When someone says "thank you" they give you something - appreciation, validation, encouragement. When someone has favored you in some way, you can hold the "thanks" or you can give it to the person.
So maybe, in this season of the year, it may be a good idea to take time to say to others and especially to God who has blessed us the most - THANK YOU!
In a nutshell: Thanksgiving is a tangible demonstration of one’s gratitude. It says to the person that did something for them that their gesture was appreciated. Usually, for the recipient of these simple but invaluable words, it elicits that feeling of validation that their effort (and sometimes sacrifice) was not taken for granted; that it was appreciated.
Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works! [Psalm 105]
To do: Reflect over the year and count your blessings - name them one by one. And give thanks to God (and others) for each.