Anytime I receive gifts, my mom (and now my wife) has conditioned me to write thank you notes. I’m totally ok with just sending a text or saying thank you in person, but they’re all about writing an actual note in an actual card. It’s a struggle for me… even though I don’t really know why. I like receiving gifts, and I even like giving gifts, but writing the card (or receiving one) always feels kind of like a waste.

At times, I’ve treated my relationship with God the same way. He gives and gives and gives, and I still ask for more. As if that weren’t bad enough, I often would forget to say thank you. It’s taken a conscious effort to begin every prayer by glorifying and thanking Him. Unlike with my wife or friends, no gift I give back to Him can compare to what He’s given me. All I (or we) can do is say thanks.