Every mother loves to hear the words “Please” and “Thank You.” In the day after day of selflessly serving our children, it’s a small gesture of respect and appreciation for all we do. But these simple word go much deeper into a heart issue.
Saying “Please” and “Thank You” are the beginning levels of remembering that we are all God-created human beings. As the Bible says, it’s God who created us (Gen 1:27) and as such we deserve to be loved and treasured. One way we can show this kind of deep love and respect is by using polite words in our interactions with others.
Children are born with a sense that the world is theirs. And as sinful creatures, it’s an entitlement that was can carry into adulthood if we’re not careful. Saying “Please” and “Thank You” is one small way of moving them into recognizing others and their needs.
This extends to Mommy as well. Through the years I’ve been convicted of my own lack in this area. So often I can get into my Type A mode of getting things done and forget to say “Please” and “Thank You” for the little things. While sometimes child simply need to obey their parents, there are times when I realize my lack of niceties is my own since of entitlement that needs to be pruned.
“Please” and “Thank You “ is slowly working it’s way into our family culture and more importantly into all of our hearts.