I am constantly asking my 5-year-old daughter to remember her manners. For some unknown reason, the words "please" and "thank you" seem so foreign to her. There are times when she remembers and there are plenty of other times where you can hear me saying "mind your manners".
While reading a bedtime story to my daughter, from what she calls her Jesus book, I came across the story of Jesus healing 10 lepers and only 1 gave thanks for the healing that was done. This story found in Luke 17:11-19 brought to my attention the following question.
Do I mind my manners?
I began to wonder if I truly demonstrate what I have been asking my daughter to do. I wondered if when people show me kindness, do I make sure to say "thank you" in return? Also when God answers my prayers, do I show my gratitude or go on about my day as if nothing wonderful happened?
This really made me have to examine my heart and actions more closely. The Bible reminds us in 1 Chronicles 16:8 KJV "Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people." By giving thanks or expressing our gratitude, not only are we glorifying God but we are also able to share his goodness with others (otherwise known as testimonies).
Now when my daughter forgets, I will gently remind her to say "thank you" and also make sure that I am setting the example for her to follow. So I challenge you the next time God or someone shows you kindness, to remember to say those two simple yet powerful words!