Receiving thanksWe have all been taught since childhood to say “thank you” to people when they do something nice for us. But what is the appropriate expression we should return when someone thanks us?
We have all been taught since childhood to say “thank you” to people when they do something nice for us. But what is the appropriate expression we should return when someone thanks us?
A friend of mine hates to hear the response “Yep!” He feels it is impolite. He prefers the more common “you’re welcome” or “don’t mention it.” I’ve never thought much about it until he brought this to my attention.
Why do we say the things we do in thanksgiving?
Saying “You’re welcome” extends the initial act of kindness, encouraging the thankful person to enjoy the situation provided.
“Don’t mention it”, means the person who performed the act of kindness does not want to be thanked. In light of these definitions, saying “Yep” appears to be little more than an indifferent cliché, leaving one feel like something more should be said.
As November is traditionally our thanksgiving month, I wonder, how does God responds to our expressions of thanks? I am sure it is not with an indifferent, divine “yep.” He is more expressive than that. He desires everyone to enjoy the full benefits of His grace and love. I am sure God responds with “You’re welcome,” encouraging us to experience all of His provisions. To each act He lavishes more grace. With each expression of thanksgiving, we are encouraged to enjoy more love.
As you give God thanks this month, enjoy his joyful “You’re welcome!”
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.