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Desperate For Ministration, Passionate In Appreciation.

Desperate For Ministration, Passionate In Appreciation.

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Published by Daniel O. Ogweno
Do we remember to say "Thank you!" even if what we get is our right? "Thank you" is not just being courteous, it is also word that unlocks many things.
Do we remember to say "Thank you!" even if what we get is our right? "Thank you" is not just being courteous, it is also word that unlocks many things.

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In what I called,
“Desperate 
for Ministration, Passionate in 
 Appreciation” 
(see The Pursuit of CommitmentChapter 14), I wrote people who desperately called or squeezed their way to reachChrist because they wanted Him to heal them. He healed some people but instructed them not totell anybody about it, but they 
couldn‟t
keep quiet about it (Mark 1:40-45). A lady had touched theLord secretly and wanted nobody to know about it but the Lord insisted that she speaks out (Luke8:43-48). This shows that an encounter with Christ
must 
be made public. It is a way of giving Himglory by appreciating what He has down.
 
 We read another story where some desperate people called for help but when they got what they  wanted, nothing was heard from them again, except one who came back to praise God.
Let‟s
look at the story:
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance
and called out in a loud voice, „Jesus, Master, have pity on us!‟
 
 When he saw them, he said, „Go, show yourselves to the priests.‟ And as they went, they were
cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
He threw himself at Jesus‟ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, „Were
not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God
except this foreigner?‟ Then he said to him, „Rise and go; your faith has made you well‟” (Luke
17:11-19 NIV).
 
 The importance of gratitude cannot be gainsaid. The following are reasons for theimportance of gratitude:
i) It appreciates the giver; 
 Some people behave as if what they want is more important than the one they want itfrom. Some people also behave as if they have a right for everything they get. But evenif 
it‟s
 
one‟s
right, it is courteous to appreciate.
ii) It shows the value the recipient attaches to the favour he has received; 
 I once gave an old lady some money. It was little I know, but not little enough to be
„insignificant‟
; it was all I had for her. Instead of saying 
„thank 
 
you‟
she despisingly looked at the money and said:
“This 
little amount is all you are giving me,
can’t 
you add me 
more!” 
She in fact quoted the minimum she expected. It would be extremely difficultfor her to get anything from me. She went away without saying thank you.
iii) It legitimizes the appropriation of the favour; 
 I know a lady that would willingly give you something but if you forget to say,
„thank 
 
you‟
. She would tell you right away that you have
„robed‟
her. Nothing is free. Even when you think you have gotten something for free,
you‟ll
be wise to pay with for it with a
„thank 
 
you!‟
In other words,
„thank 
 
you‟
is the price for favours.

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