There is no denying this has been a challenging year. Unfortunately, it has turned many of us into whiners and complainers. We have forgotten how to be grateful, much less the type of meaningful, action filled gratitude God wants from us. Why not challenge your Bible students and their families to a gratitude challenge for the rest of this year? You can introduce it by sharing the post we had in Parenting Like Hannah yesterday. You will probably want to find your own ways of encouraging participation and spurring everyone on to more gratitude good works. As always, you are welcome to copy or link to our post, we just ask that you credit the source.
The other day I heard a preacher say something that really struck a chord with me. He said often when Christians receive a blessing from God, they are grateful. They pray their thanksgiving to God. But their gratitude stops there. The preacher went on to say that he believed God never intended for the gratitude of Christians to stop at feeling appreciation and giving thanks. God meant for gratitude to include sharing those blessings with others who don’t have the same blessing.
Have you ever read the book of Acts in the Bible? Time and time again, it talks about Christians who shared everything they had and took up collections to help others – often in the middle of their own hardships and persecution. It seems like they regularly practiced this meaningful gratitude.
Have you ever considered that every time God gives you a blessing, you should think of a way to share it? Not just money, but any and every blessing? Have you taught your kids about this important twist to gratitude?
For the rest of this year, spend time each day discussing a blessing God has given each of you. Thank Him for it. Then talk about ways you can share that gift with others.
Be creative. If you need ideas, our main website has dozens and dozens of service project ideas that could easily be completed by families as well as Bible classes. They are even connected to Bible stories in meaningful ways. Then come to our Parenting Like Hannah Facebook Community and share some of the creative ways your family has shared a blessing God has given you. Your idea may spur other families to do the good works God has planned for them. Along the way, your family will hopefully develop the habit of sharing every blessing God gives you. It’s a great way to show God your gratitude.