How often do we say “Thank you,” when someone does something for us? In working in daycare, we tried to teach the children to say, “Please” and “Thank you”, but at one of the training sessions I attended, we were informed that this is something that is now only pushed in the South and the Midwest. I was shocked! To force someone to be grateful is not being truly grateful, and if what they are asking for is something that must be given to them anyway, (such as food) why should they say “please” or “thank you” at all? I’m afraid to see what will become of this generation!
As Jesus travelled toward Jerusalem, a group of lepers saw Him coming. Normally these men would have called out, “Unclean!” as a warning to those who approached to steer clear of this deadly, extremely contagious disease. But someone had passed along the word that Jesus was coming and instead they stood at a distance and called out, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” (vs 13)
“Jesus said to them, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’”(vs 14) They trusted that His words were all it would take and they took off running. As they ran, they looked at fingers that had been diseased, at skin that had been scaly and scabbing and all was made whole, clean and new. They were healed! Ten men had been healed. But only one stopped, turned around and ran back to Jesus. He praised God as he ran. “He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.” (vs 16) Jesus responded, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?” (vs 17) “Rise and Go; your faith has made you well.” (vs 19) He healed ten but only one returned to say “Thank You!”
Are you that one in ten who returns to thank the Lord for all the good things He gives you? Or are you one of the nine, who continue on your merry way, taking for granted all the amazing gifts in your life? Thank Him for each sunrise, for each raindrop, for each breath given you. Thank Him for forgiveness of sin, hope of heaven, grace for each trial. Learn to say “Thank You” just like you did as a child.