You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, June 29, 2014: Remember to Say Thanks: Listen HERE.

by Andrew Kelley

I’ve never been in a jail cell.

Maybe you haven’t either.

That said, I’m having a hard time understanding having a heart of thankfulness from a jail cell the way Paul had a heart of thankfulness from his when he wrote his letter to the Philippians.

Say Thanks.001Paul must have been happy and filled with joy even while in jail; look at the display of his gratitude!

Paul speaks of in Philippians 4 rejoicing over their concern for him and praises God for how they have come to his aid.

From a jail cell. That’s some pretty intense gratitude right there; Paul’s letter seems to brim with real joy.

Is thankfulness part of the recipe for happiness even when we’re locked away in our own respective “jails”? If we look at Paul’s life I think we know the answer.

We can only imagine how Paul’s gratitude made the Philippians feel, made God feel and made Paul himself feel.

I know how I feel when I show my gratitude and receive a joyous response; I feel really good deep down.

Pastor Josh issued us a challenge this week challenge to send a thank you card to someone each day this week. I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few thank you notes to send.

I am not only going to accept this challenge but I am going to purposefully try to say thank you.

And now it’ll be a different kind of thank you. It will be a different kind of thank you than I said when I was a kid, and I was told by my parents to say thank you all the time.

I’m also going to go beyond just saying thank you and move beyond those words by telling others why and how they have helped me.

That is where I truly think this whole “thank-you revolution” could take off.

It’s time to get thankful … and show it!

I’ll kick it off; thank you for reading this blog. May it encourage you and spur you on toward a life of gratitude no matter where you find yourself in life today.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 


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