The Mouths of Babes: Expressing Gratitude

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I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. – Ephesians 1:16

One thing I’ve been trying to teach my boys lately is that the best thing you can tell a soldier is “Thank you for servin’ our country!”

Well, recently our family was in a restaurant in Washington, DC, where we saw some soldiers eating, so I urged Hampton to walk over and speak to them. Since he was a little nervous, Colby went with him for moral support. So off they went together, and Hampton said exactly what I had been teaching him to say to a soldier: “Thank you for servin’ our country”. Those soldiers smiled and gave my sons high fives.

Six little words out of the mouths of babes changed that place from just a restaurant that served food to a place that honored the brave sacrifices our men and women in the military are making every day so you and I can live free.

Approaching strangers and expressing your appreciation may not always be the easiest thing to do, and sometimes having a brother or friend along for moral support is needed, but showing a little gratitude is the least we can do in return for the freedom we have in our country.

Excerpted from Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood  by Josh Turner, copyright Thomas Nelson, 2014.

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Josh Turner

Josh Turner has sold over 5 million albums and garnered four #1 hits as well as numerous CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY nominations since the release of his debut album, Long Black Train. He recently released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and includes the hit song "Time Is Love," one of his fastest-rising singles to date. Josh and his wife, Jennifer, live in Nashville with their three sons.

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