Thank You Notes

I’m a mean moma.  Since my oldest was around three or four years old I have always had my children write “Thank You” notes for gifts and for other acts of kindness.  Now anyone that knows me would agree that I’m not “Mrs. Manners”, although I do know which fork to use.  🙂   However, I have always felt that writing thank you notes for a kindness was a good thing to do.

Have you ever sent someone a gift and never heard back from them?  The kind of thing where you wonder if they even got it.  Or worse got it and hated it. 

Granted most of us have had it drilled into our heads that we should write “Thank You” notes for graduation gifts, wedding gifts and baby shower gifts.  But many very rarely write a “Thank You” note beyond those events.  How do I know that?  Because of the response my children have gotten from others when they have written “Thank You” notes.  It seems writing just a simple note to express thankfulness for a kindness is becoming unheard of in the younger generations.

A “Thank You” note:

  • Maybe simple or elaborate.

  • Expresses appreciation to the giver.

  • They don’t have to be perfect.  The thought does count.   Everyone loves the “baby’s” backwards letters.

  • They in no way repay the giver in tangible value.

  • They aren’t written in order to get more gifts from the giver.

So am I just trying to make you feel guilty for not having written “Thank You” notes for the Christmas presents and meals?


But when thinking about why we should do good works for the Lord “Thank You” notes is what I thought of.  See we are called to do good works and our obedience to Christ is part of our good works.

Does doing good and obeying earn us our Salvation?

No, of course not.

Does doing good and obeying repay the Lord for His sacrifice for us?

No, by no means.

Our doing good works and obeying all that the Lord has commanded is just our “Thank You” note to the Lord for all He has done for us.  Our good works bring Glory to the Lord for all He has done for us.

Luke 6:46 (ESV) “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

James 2:18 (ESV) But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

John 15:8 (ESV) By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

Matthew 5:16 (ESV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.


Are you behind in your “Thank You” notes to the Lord?


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