Why Do I Forget to Say Thank You?

by Janis Cox

W!C Worship
Thank You, Lord

“Thank you” – two little words with so much power. The only other words with equal or more power are “I’m sorry”.

Why do I have trouble saying thank you? I think it comes down to PRIDE – I don’t want to lower myself and admit I needed help.

I think our ability to say thank you to people is directly related to our ability to thank God.

This week was an easy one for me to thank God – for the safe arrival of our 6th grandchild. The words flowed; the praise and the thanks.

But on a day to day basis, even when I do the Joy Dare (counting gifts) I look, I find and I record BUT I forget to thank the One for the gift. I forget to thank the Giver.

When I read the Scriptures I read, I study, I even question God, I record my thoughts BUT do I thank Him for His Word – NO.

One of the first Scriptures I memorized is found in Philippians:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6, NIV). [emphasis mine]

With thanksgiving – oh those are meaningful words.

Thank Him, Thank Him – all ye little children – remember that one?

Here is a new song for me “I’m Alive” by Peter Furler.

Here are the words to the chorus:

I’m alive
I’m on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alight
And with no way to hold it inside
I wanted to thank You

Thank You
Thank You

This week I want to be more intentional in my thanksgiving. I want to be aware of thanking Him for every little thing.


Father, forgive me for taking all that You do for granted. I do want to thank You. I will try this week to remind myself of those two little words and use them daily in my walk with You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.



  1. I love that song, Janis! And congratulations on the safe arrival of the newest wee one! What a wonderful thing to say “thank you” for. I can take the little things of life for granted too and I am grateful for God’s grace and for the ways He constantly overwhelms me with his love so that my natural reaction is to fall on my knees in thanks.

  2. It was so easy for me, when I was younger, to blame God when things didn’t go right and I didn’t think of saying thank you very often. It began to bother me that I was so quick to blame Him. I began to try to be more conscious of my blessings and slowly I turned it around. Now I say thank you to God and to people I come into contact with often, sometimes for the simplest thing. When I thank God I feel that God has blessed me and can feel Him in my heart. This was a good topic for reminding us that thank you are two very important words. Thank you Jan
    Blessings to you, Jim

  3. Absolutely love this song!

    Self makes it easy to forget to be thankful, but the more we practice a childlike gratitude to God the more we’ll see to thank Him for and the more we’ll love Him. And the more we’ll believe that He loves us. Great reminder!

  4. THANKS Jan for a good reminder! My life verse is, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6, NIV). 🙂

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