While we like to think we are thankful people, most of us do not actually live like we are thankful. Oh, yes, we talk about being thankful; especially in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, and when we pray we typically thank God for something, but are we truly thankful people? Consider the following questions . . .
- When we pray do we spend the most time asking God for things or thanking and praising Him?
- When we talk about “thanking God”, are we typically thankful for things which are “good”?
- Do we genuinely thank God for things which are not “good”?
- Do our lives show a thankful spirit or do the reflect the “consumerism” of the world around us?
- When God answers our prayers, is our first response one of giving genuine thanks to Him?
- Focus on beginning each day by thanking God for the day before us and for whatever it holds.
- Focus on spending more of our time in prayer thanking God than we spend on asking Him for things.
- Model being thankful by beginning each class or opportunity to teach children with thanking God for the previous week, specific answers to prayer and even for difficult things in our lives.