Thabiti has written a post that I resonate with. C.J. Mahaney is teaching me to express my thankfulness. I love to read C.J.'s books and listen to his messages, because they are all Cross-centered, and all are filled with expressions of gratitude. I was able to expereience C.J.'s genuine gratefulness at T4G '06. I was helping to put out the free books before one of the sessions (I confess, I had mixed motives: I wanted to serve but I also wanted to know what books we were going to be getting). There were about 10 of us standing in line waiting to pick up a box of books to distribute when C.J. walked by. He had several people with him and they were obviously heading somewhere important. C.J. stopped for a moment and expressed his gratitude that we were serving by helping with the books. I could sense his genuineness.
My very first experience with C.J. was at the 2004 Desiring God National Conference. Before the evening Q&A session, he led the entire auditorium in expressing gratitude for John Piper's life and ministry. Piper appealed for C.J. to stop. C.J. continued.