I walked to my desk one morning and found this gift and card in the picture lying there, waiting for me. I got excited and very curious. I took a quick peek into the gift bag then grabbed the card and tore it open. I couldn't help the big smile that found it's way from the warmest part of my heart, right to my face. It felt so good that she came back to say thank you, in such a thoughtful way; even though she didn't have to..
The gift was from a fellow colleague. One I love dearly, because of her loyalty and proper nature. All I did was put in a good word for her somewhere. Had she said thank you before now? Half a dozen times at least! But no, it wasn't enough yet...she had to do something deliberate and memorable to express her gratitude. Bless her dear heart. I didn't think she needed to buy me a gift to say thank you, but I did feel good that she went the extra mile. The content of the gift bag isn't even the slightest bit important here. What counts is that she remembered to come back to give quality thanks...
This gesture both touched me and taught me something profound. A simple thank you is usually good enough, but one backed with an offering leaves a more lasting impression. Here's the thing; we were created to think and act like our Creator. God loves to be acknowledged and appreciated. He loves people who "remember". He loves thankful people. I daresay, he loves people who come bearing gifts... to give Him quality thanks. .......They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that He has given you. Deutronomy 16:16 and 17 Her gift did not exactly improve the quality of my life, but it left me feeling so happy. God doesn't need our gifts. But I reckon that he does know the difference between those who give Him thanks "well" and those who throw in casual Thank yous.
And Abel brought the best; the choiciest parts of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering. Genesis 4:4... If I had another chance to do it all over again, well guess who would get my vote? Definitely this one who came back... this one who remembered, the one who gave quality thanks.