The other day I received an email from a Radio Station in Townsville North Queensland. They talked about what they planed to do in their region this year to celebrate Australia’s National Day of Thanks. They have designed Thank You cards to take to 5 schools for the students to sign and give to their teachers. This is an excellent example of taking one of our suggested community focus areas and making a difference in the lives of others. It was such an encouragement to hear what they are doing.
Stories like this are very important. It is good to hear what different people or churches are doing to celebrate our National Day of Thanks. We are all encouraged by these stories, they give us new ideas about what we can do to express thankfulness toward one another.
In our ME focused society, we may feel that we are not appreciated by others, but the reality of a genuine gratitude exchange is that it is better to give than to receive. You know the scripture. It is about looking outside of ourselves, looking at others differently, and demonstrating our thankfulness toward them for what they do. This is what our personal focus, to thank the Unsung Heroes in our lives, is about.
We would love to share your story and encourage others. It doesn’t matter how big or small your Thank You is, we would love to hear about it. On our website there is a story about a grandfather who taught his grandson how to express gratitude to those who helped him through a very serious illness. There are other inspiring stories on the website.
You can email your story and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can help change the world with one thank you at a time!
Robert J Burman – Coordinator National Day of Thanks