How Sending a Thank-You Note Empowers You

You have the power of encouragement at your fingertips.

Think about one person who has inspired you, encouraged you, or helped you. Got that person in your mind? Now, let me ask you a question: Have you ever sent a thank-you note to that person?

Send a thank you note today!

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Not long ago a client sent a thank-you note to the editors in our department, expressing appreciation for their excellent work. The client told me of the editors’ surprising reply: “No one has ever thanked us before.”

That tragic statement got me thinking.

Thinking about Thanking

I began to wonder, How many people have I failed to thank who have contributed to my life? How hard is it to send a thank-you note?

I remember reading a few years ago where The Chicago Daily News reported that thousands of letters came to Santa Claus in the months before Christmas. But after Christmas only one card came to thank Santa for the presents. Can you believe it? Even Santa doesn’t get thank-you notes!

As Jesus made His way through the Harod Valley on His final journey to Jerusalem, He healed ten lepers in a village. Amazingly, only one returned to thank Him. The Savior’s reply reveals an uncomfortable part of human nature:

Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? —Luke 17:17

Jesus literally asked (and the emphasis is His in the original language): “But the nine—where?” Jesus’ amazement came not from this one who returned to thank Jesus, but from the nine who didn’t!

Why We’re Often a Thankless Lot

Why do we fail to say, “Thank you,” to those who have helped us? Maybe we think:

  • Sending a thank-you note is a hassle. It takes time.
  • He already knows I appreciate him.
  • I plan to jot her a thank-you note soon. Maybe tomorrow. Someday. Soon.
  • Someone else will do it or probably already has.

Or worse, sometimes we fail to say, “Thank you,” because the thought never occurs to us.

“But the nine—where?” Jesus’ question exposes us, doesn’t it?

Send a Thank-You Note

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Send a Thank-You Note

You have the power of appreciation. Unless we make a deliberate effort to turn back and give thanks, we will fall into the rut of taking others for granted.

Take a moment right now and scribble or type a thank-you note to that someone you thought about who helped you. Some examples:

  • A parent or step-parent
  • A pastor (he really needs to hear it!)
  • A friend who prayed for you when you had a special need
  • A teacher or professor who changed the course of your life

A few years ago I decided to write and encourage someone during a discouraging season in his life. I thanked him for everything I could remember him doing for me. Everything. I kept it simple and wrote: “Thanks for this. Thanks for this. Thanks for this”—etc. On and on I wrote. I bet I had more than fifty things on the list at the end of the thank-you note. He later told me he felt like a hero when he read it.

Isn’t the power of appreciation amazing? You have that power.

Take the time to use it today.

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  • Todd T

    Great Idea. I think I will do this right now.


    Well, I’d like to thank *you*, Wayne! Your writing is a huge blessing, and your blog is delightful.

    • How kind of you, JFKAR. Thank you! It is a privilege.

  • Magdalena

    I believe because of self-centerednes, lack of apreciation, and not believing that God is in control. And that He wants us to be thankful always. 1 Thessalonians 5:18. We have to be thankful in everything, can you imagine this!!!!!!

    • That’s a great reminder. I’m convicted by the fact that “being thankful” is often a cop-out for “giving thanks.”

  • Jarnoldjr

    Thanks Wayne for your faithfulness that I got to watch from DBC to SMOTS to Insight which has challenged and inspired me. Blessings bro!

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  • Harold Goldbeck

    Shalom Wayne and thank you for your blog as well as your posts on Walking through the Holy Land. I am really enjoying the videos along with the biblically based teaching. Be strong and keep up your good service for the Kingdom.

    • Thank you, Harold. It’s really an honor. God bless.

  • Michelle thick

    Thank you Wayne for the beautiful job you are doing here. Bringing me closer to God everytime I read your writings. You are an inspiration to us all. God Bless


    I will first thank to God who is still having patience to me and then the second one to my parents, my siblings and of course i don’t forget to say Thank You to You Wayne for the Great topics,sermons,inspirations,videos etc,and i will say God will always bless you and your family in Jesus name,and i will pray to God for You also.

    • You’re welcome, and thanks for your gracious comments so often. God bless.

  • Felicia

    Thank you for reminding me this. It is really important to use the power of thankfulness. It is the will of God for us to be thankfull for all things. And saying it is important for others too.
    I deeply appreciate the work you do and your messages are a great encouregement and I really like to learn more about biblical lands.

    • You’re welcome, Felicia. It’s an honor to connect the Bible and its lands to life with you. God bless.