The first practice for Thanksgiving was to make a list of things we are thankful for.
The second practice for Thanksgiving was to give something away.
The third practice for Thanksgiving is to send a note. Buy a card. Grab a pen and paper. Make a phone call. Let someone know that they have done something or given something that you are thankful for.
What is the value of doing this? Well, the first benefit is pretty obvious—it lets the giver know that their gift was appreciated. Someone has taken the time to bless someone else, and they deserve to know that whatever they did or gave was beneficial.
The purpose of this practice goes deeper than this, though. Truth is, we need to be thankful people. We need to be grateful for what we have, instead of just consuming it and moving on to the next thing. We also need to actively realize that we cannot make it through life without the help of other people. We need each other. Take a look around you. What do you have that you have acquired totally and completely by yourself. Did you buy your house with cash, or did the bank help you? Did you make the clothes you wear or grow the food you eat?
We need to be thankful for others and for what they have done for us. And for those of us who are Christians, or at least theists, we realize that this truth—that we rely on others—reveals a greater truth; namely that there is Someone higher we rely on.
We need to be thankful people. So here’s your challenge—send a note or make a phone call. Let someone know that you are thankful for them.