A few years ago, a close British friend of mine came to visit me here in California. During our first meal together in the States, she thought many things were hilarious: free refills on beverages, American accents, but especially how often we say, “Thank you!” for EVERYTHING. When she brought this up, I began thinking about it. We Americans say thanks to so many little actions throughout a normal day. However, I realized how often my “thank yous” were merely lip service. I even started recalling how many times my words of thanks were said with a hardened heart, perhaps because I didn’t receive exactly in the manner I was expecting. I want to mean what I say. I want to look at the person who is journeying with me in some way, big or small and acknowledge it completely. I need to put my heart into these words because I know they have the power to transform my life and the lives of others.