10 Reasons Why You Should Write a Thank You Note Today

In the beginning, God used words to speak life into existence.

With words, the Creator pierced darkness with light; with words, God spoke, and the world was made.

In His design, and from the beginning of time, He created our world to be a place where words have power. We've been made in His image and, though we're but a reflection of Him and the power of our words are but a reflection of the power of His, we have been created with the ability to use words to bless others.

Words of Christ bring hope. Words of grace bring light. Words of love bring healing. Words of thanks encourage, uplift, and strengthen.

Words of Christ bring hope. Words of grace bring light. Words of love bring healing. Words of thanks encourage, uplift, and strengthen.

Though words are powerful, we're often careless with how we use them, aren't we? Maybe in part it's because words are free and at our disposal that we wind up using them casually, forgetting their power, forgetting that we can use them for good in the lives of others.

There are many ways we can use our words to bless, but not the least of them is this: a written note of thanks.

It's good to voice our thanksgiving to others, too, but there is a lingering quality in the written word—visible, concrete, intentional—that sometimes lends a written thank you more power than merely a spoken one.

In my own life, God has often used a brother or sister's simple words of affirmation to encourage me along in this walk of faith. And often, even as I read the words of another and am strengthened through them, it does something else, too. It prompts me to pause, reflect, and write words of love and thanksgiving to somebody else. Gratitude often begets gratitude.

Yes, words matter. They have power. And there are people we ought to thank—people who have loved us, served us, blessed us.

  • Have we taken the time to thank them?
  • Have we encouraged them in their labour?
  • Have we told them their faith has pointed us to Jesus?

When we read the New Testament letters written by the apostle Paul to his brothers and sisters in Christ, we see a man who wrote not only words of exhortation and conviction, but also words of affirmation and encouragement. Shouldn't we do the same?

Here's ten reasons you should write a note of thanks and affirmation to someone today:

  1. Because God often uses the words of His people to encourage His people.
  2. Because there are people in our lives who should be thanked.
  3. Because written words of thanks are powerful and not easily forgotten.
  4. Because words of gratitude cultivate hearts of gratitude.
  5. Because you just might be the only one saying thank you.
  6. Because writing words of thanks is neither difficult nor time consuming.
  7. Because a written thank you often shows more deliberation and care than a spoken word.
  8. Because being thankful develops, in us, eyes that see God's grace in the lives of others.
  9. Because even simple words of affirmation or thanksgiving can spur on a brother or sister in their walk of faith.
  10. Because we're to love one another, and a written thank you note is a simple but powerful way to do this.

It needn't be poetic or effusive. It could simply be this: “I'm thankful for you. I love you. I'm strengthened by your faith and faithfulness.”

Those simple words of affirmation and thanksgiving might be the very words that your pastor, your mom, your dad, your husband, your son, your daughter, your pastor's wife, your friend . . . needs to hear.

Is there someone you should write to today?

Did you discover God’s Truth today?

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Elisha Galotti

Elisha Galotti

Elisha lives in Toronto, Canada, a city she loves and longs to see won for Christ. Her husband, Justin, shares her heart for their city and is thankful that God brought him to be the pastor of West Toronto Baptist Church. Though Elisha spends most of her time mothering her three wonderful and funny little ones, she is a lover of the arts and teaches ballet part-time. 

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