“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…” (ESV)
This month in our home we have a ‘Jar of Thanks.’ Julie is the Youth Coordinator at our church, and it was an idea she put together to help everyone grow their gratitude. (You can learn more about it here.)
I love hearing what people are thankful for each day, and then writing the ideas down and putting them in the Jar of Thanks.
But do you know what people never say? Thumbs. No one ever says, “I’m ssoooo thankful for my thumbs!” Our day-to-day lives would be much different (and harder) if we didn’t have them. But we just take ’em for granted!
Kind of like people.
I know, I know—seems obvious, right? Wrong. Like thumbs, we can easily take the people in our life for granted.
Michael Landon is one of the most successful actors in TV history. He had three decades of uninterrupted hit shows including Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, and Highway to Heaven.
While acting on Little House, he was also an executive producer who wrote and directed many of the episodes. According to Melissa Anderson, one of the things he and associate producer Ken McCray would do, was take any leftover money from the production budget of each episode and divide it up and put it in envelopes. Then they’d discreetly hand out the money to the behind-the-scenes production crew.
It was one very tangible way to show how much they appreciated their hard work.
Whether you know it or not, there are people in your life who are making your life richer. Waaayyyy richer than it would be without them. And they’re much more valuable than thumbs. And they’re not even getting paid to show up!
One of the ways God cares for you is to put people in your life who care for you.
So today, treat them well.
By Matthew Ruttan