Thank You Famine in Singapore?

Just a li’le bit,” he said. “It’s all pre’y good.” It didn’t take long for me to notice there is a dearth of the letter “t” among some Americans.

We suffer from a different dearth in Singapore. I think we are suffering from a famine of “Thank You.”

I was at the supermarket and alerted the cashier that she had entered $30 for a $20 voucher I gave her. She frowned unhappily, never once thanked me, and complained that other customers would not tell her.  I guess that was her way of saying, “Thank You.” But can a complaint about other customers take the place of “Thank You”?

Do we thank mom or wife for fixing dinner? I can understand when people don’t thank their mom or wife, but I notice there are guests who don’t even thank their hosts. Is it really so hard to understand that we need to thank someone who hosts us at a meal? Some tell me it is not our cultural habit to thank people. Maybe you can accept that at a cultural level, but I like to suggest that it is a Christian quality to thank people who serve us, show us kindness or love.

If we have trouble thanking people we can see, can we say we have been thanking God whom we cannot see? An attitude of thankfulness to God spills over to thanking people and vice-versa. In fact, is there any real difference? When the ten lepers were healed, and one returned to thank Jesus, did he know he was thanking God in human flesh?

Yes, I am concerned about Singapore Christians not having a thankful heart. But what I fear most is that I find my own crop of “Thank You” growing poorly. There are people I need to thank whom I have not.  And there is a God before whom I need to bow my knee in deliberate thanksgiving. Will you join me to grow a bumper crop of “Thank You” and then replant it everywhere?  

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