Friends, do you know what those two words are? The two words he needs to hear that let him know you love him. Those two little words that mean the world to him.
Those two little words are “thank you.” Of course, we all like to be given a “thank you” now and again, to know we’re appreciated, and that someone values our effort. But according to Shaunti Feldhahn, “Saying ‘thank you’ to a guy is the emotional equivalent of him saying ‘I love you’ to you.”
Now, I can’t even imagine going a day without hearing Tim say “I love you” to me. In fact, it’s so important to me to hear those three little words that we have a special way we say good-bye just in case those three little words are the last words I hear Tim say to me.
But I am sure I have gone a day without saying “thank you” to him, thanking him for all he does for me.
Now, you may have your own list of things you have done for your husband in which you have not received a “thank you” or even the slightest bit of appreciation. I know I can definitely relate. It’s not too often I get a “thank you” for the clean clothes in the closet, the clean dishes in the cupboard, or the freshly laundered towels waiting for him after his shower.
But this message isn’t for the men in our lives. This reminder is for us, you know, the ones who hear those three little words we need to hear : )
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
“Overflowing with thankfulness” – Now, of course this verse is talking about overflowing with thankfulness to God, the Giver of every good and perfect gift. But stop for a moment and imagine a home where you overflow with thanksgiving. The words “please” and “thank you” just seem to flow from your tongue.
Now, maybe you are already expressing your appreciation for your husband. But I know I need a reminder to say “thank you” and tell him the two words he needs to hear.
- Thank you for filling the car with gas before I need to drive it.
- Thank you for holding me as I fall asleep.
- Thank you for working so hard to provide for me.
- Thank you for protecting me.
- Thank you for telling me “I love you” every single day.
And if you’re wondering how we say good-bye … “Bye for now. I love you.”
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Rest in His presence.