Don’t just say, “You’re welcome.”

“We thank you, O God, Sovereign-Strong, Who Is and Who Was. You took your great power and took over … ” Revelation 11:17

imageHave you noticed how often when you say, “Thank you” to someone they respond with, “Thank you!” What happened to saying “You are welcome”?

Adam Grant, a Wharton professor and author of “Give and Take,” wrote an article in a July 2013 blog in titled, “Why You Shouldn’t Say ‘You’re Welcome.'” In the article he referred to a four-year study by Robert Cialdini, a leading psychologist, who concluded that replying “You’re welcome” is a missed opportunity to say what you really mean, such as “I know you’d do the same for me.” But Grant took this response to mean you are expecting a favor in return and concluded it would be better to say, “I know you’d do the same for someone else.”

We know when we thank God for all the blessings we have received, we will not hear a verbal “You’re welcome” in response.” But we will feel a sense of peace in our heart that will make us want to share the good news of God’s grace with someone else.

Dear Lord, thank you for the ability to express our gratitude to you through our words and actions. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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