Don’t forget to say ‘thank you’

By Sam Lam

I was reading through some stuff for devotionals and one of the questions asked what my favorite Bible story was. It took me a while to figure out which story I liked the most. But I ended up coming back to one story about Jesus that I remember very much as a kid. I think this was the one that was really special to me because it was different than most Bible stories.

Maybe it was the simplicity of this story that made it so powerful. Or maybe it’s because we don’t even do this enough in our own lives. The above video is the story about the 10 lepers in LEGO form.

Here is the entire story in its original context from Luke 17:11-19 (NIV):

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

I like this story a lot because it features two things that we try to incorporate in our lives but don’t always succeed.

The first part of this story is the story of faith. The 10 lepers believed that Jesus was special. They believed that He can heal them. They shouted out to Him, believing that they can be healed. It’s a great example of what we try to  do in our lives. How often do we incorporate our faith in Jesus?

There are times where we try to do things on our own. But most times, having a little faith in Jesus is the only solution. We forget it sometimes. We lose sight of it sometimes. But for these 10 lepers, it was the only hope they had left after being ostracized by their community. They reached out to the only person they knew that cared about them.

The second part of this story is what really grabbed my attention. Following the miracle, only one of the 10 lepers returned to thank Jesus. Think about it. A great miracle happened. The men didn’t even realize that God was working. Only one did. It’s so tough sometimes for us when great things happen and we kind of forget to acknowledge God’s hand in it.

But for that one leper, he knew right away. And what was his first reaction? He ran back to Jesus and thanked Him. That’s what stood out to me. He realized the power and magnitude of it all and took the time to return back to his faith and thank Jesus.

Do we thank Him enough? Do we just stop in the middle of something great and thank Jesus? What about when someone either helps us move or offers us a free donut for breakfast? Or maybe for the bigger things like when someone prays for us or offers us just their time to talk?

In this day and age, sometimes we forget to just say thank you to either Jesus or to someone who does something for us. Probably because we don’t even realize sometimes how blessed we are. We do take things for granted when we aren’t grateful.

Next time someone does something nice for you, don’t forget to say thank you. When you realize that someone sacrificed their time for you, don’t forget to say thank you. After all, a simple thank you, whether given or received, goes a long way. And as you can see by this story, it’s great all around.

“The moment you begin to lose a sense of gratitude, your perspective on life will become distorted and your motives will become entangled in a web of selfishness.” — from the book I Call Shotgun: Lessons from Dad for Navigating the Roads of Life

Thank you.

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Samuel Lam: Samuel is a Bay Area native living in Southern California working in sports media. He blogs on many topics, including sports, music, movies, travel and especially faith. Sam also runs his own personal sports blog on his free time. Check him out at:Green Eggs and Lam & But At The End Of The Day.

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2 thoughts on “Don’t forget to say ‘thank you’

  1. At yoga, the teacher always makes a big deal out of thanking us for coming. She also asks us to be thankful to ourselves, for coming to yoga and taking care or ourselves and just for being alive.

    She says it better than I just did here. The way she says it is really moving. I think I actually cried a little last time.

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