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Two Little Words 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Two Little Words

We can help our fellow worshipers, our family, our friends and our acquaintances by thanking them. And we become better Christians ourselves by doing so.

At a Glance

We start here with the obvious: Saying "thank you" is good manners. Then we move to the epistle where Paul seems to do nothing but say thank you. The piece ends with a great story about a guy down on his luck who starts to write one thank-you note a day.

Editors' Pick

For material based on this same text, see "Steeple People," October 17, 1999, at

It turns out that Mom was right, but for more reasons than she knew.

We're referring to all those times in your childhood when she instructed you to say "thank you."

It may have been when someone gave you a gift or a compliment or extended some act of kindness toward you. Your first impulse may have been to enjoy the good thing that had come your way but your mother's words made clear that your first priority should be to thank the other person.

As we said, Mom was right, but not just because uttering those two little words was a matter of politeness. A recently released 10-year study of 200,000 managers and...

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