Today is the final Thankful post in our 5 Thanksgiving related Monday Bible posts. While it’s sad to come to the end this November, I look forward to the Christmasy writings of next month. Today’s verse is 1 Timothy 2:1 “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.”
There are a lot of people in the world. It’s not easy to wrap our minds around there being over 6 billion other people in the world besides us. But there are! If you can’t wrap your mind around that big of a number, there are over 250 million people who are part of Facebook alone!! Visit a big city like New York or Los Angeles, and you’ll be surrounded by countless cars and people.
We’ve all been told countless times in whatever religious circle we happen to be part of that we should pray for others. Friends, neighbors, coworkers, family, friends, partners, those of other religions and cultures should all be on our prayer lists. However, if prayer isn’t something you remember to do, or don’t feel comfortable praying for someone you don’t know, there’s something super easy that anyone can do: say ‘thank you!’
Let me explain: If you pass someone on the street, whether driving or walking, think or say “thank you for them” (“you” being God/Spirit/Universe, whatever you think of as being who created that person). If you’re driving or alone, you can say it out loud, but if you’re walking or with others, you can think it silently to yourself. And making sure to thank people who do you favors, hold open doors or help you in stores are other ways that you should verbalize your appreciation, all year long.
Giving thanks for others isn’t something you do only once, or one month, out of the year, it is something we should do 365 days every year.
How will you give thanks for someone today? I’ve shared two ways (saying thank you for them, and thanking them for their help), what are other ways you give thanks for people?