A few years ago some friends of mine had a baby. They recently moved to a new home several hundred miles from my house, so it wasn’t easy for me to visit them. So instead, I sent them a gift: Sweet Surroundings Monkey Deluxe Bouncy Chair. (Yes, it was a bouncy chair shaped like a monkey.)
I wanted this gift to be unique, something special, something that would let them know that I was so very happy for them.
I placed my order, selected my delivery method, and off it went. And then I waited.
And I waited. No call. No email. No text. No thank you note. Nothing.
I wondered if they received the gift. Could there have been a problem with shipping? Maybe it was sent to the wrong address?
A few weeks passed, and I started to get concerned, as I still had not heard from my friends. That evening, I went onto Facebook and I stumbled upon some newly posted family photos. The baby was adorable, and Mom and Dad were beaming with pride. But then I looked closer at one of the shots in the living room. There, in the back of the room, against the wall, was my Monkey Deluxe Bouncy Chair.
They simply forgot to say “thanks for the gift.”
This experience made me think. How many gifts has God given me in my life? Hundreds? Thousands? Tens of thousands? Have I always remembered to say thank you? Have I always been grateful for everything that God has given me?
This month, theROCK is focused on Being Ready. A big part of being ready is always being ready to say thank you.
There is nothing better in life than sincere gratitude.
God has given me lots of Monkey Deluxe Bouncy Chairs in my life. I think it’s time that I sit down and write him some serious thank you notes.
Dan Herda is a member of St. Dominic Catholic Parish Marketing Committee, and one of the editors of theROCK.