People often express thanks here with small gifts. Some of the interesting things we've received are necklaces, bracelets, eggs, cards, avocados, and pineapples. (I dare someone out there to bring 20 eggs to their gynecologist for performing their wife's hysterectomy.) Receiving thanks feels good and encourages us to keep going. It is not the reason we do our work, but thanks does help motivate when the work is hard, long, or arduous.
And so, the last time I led devotions for the interns, I talked about Hebrews 10:22-25, "He always keeps his word. Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worship together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big day approaching."