There was a physician in Wales who had an unusual remedy for some of his patients. If someone came to him with no specific symptoms other than being unhappy or unsatisfied, discouraged or disgruntled, he would give them his “Thank You Cure.”
He would write on a prescription pad, “For the next six weeks I want you to get up in the morning say, ‘Thank You God for this new day’ ten times before doing anything else. And then before you get into bed at night, you are to say, ‘Thank You God for being with me today.’ And in between getting up in the morning and going to bed at night, whenever anyone does something for you, you are to pause and say, ‘Thank you for…’”
When most of the patients returned after completing the “Thank You Cure,” they were happier and healthier.
The “thank you cure” is a great prescription for each of us: not for six weeks or six months, but every day of our lives. Imagine a successful, powerful, wealthy king who said, “Every day I will praise You, and extol Your name forever and ever.”
“Every day?” Yes, every day! Days could be filled with glory or gloom, sunshine or shadows, pleasure or pain, happiness or horror – it did not matter. The king would fill each day, every day, all day with words of praise to God for His blessings and goodness.
When we pause and thank someone for an act of kindness or a deed showing us thoughtfulness, we are, in fact, praising God for His blessing us through their deeds.
Prayer: Lord, You have given us far more than we ever deserved. However, we ask for one more thing: a thankful heart! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Every day I will praise You, and extol Your name forever and ever. Psalm 145:2