In this time of year, it is easy to skate right through Thanksgiving and get geared up for the Christmas season.
I love Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving is not merely a day........it is a way of living.
How do we foster these attributes in our children (and us!) on a regular basis?
I do not claim to have all the answers, but here are a few tips I have compiled.
1- Acknowledge God's faithfulness daily- be vocal about the many ways God provides for you and your family. Highlight when you see him answering prayer.
2- Live a life of service- seek opportunities to serve those around you, both those you know and those you don't. Let your kids see this AND involve them in serving.
3- Put others first- live out humility in front of your kids. Show them what it really means to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you".
4- Use your manners- please, thank you, yes ma'am and no sir still carry a lot of weight.
5- Be good stewards of the blessings you already have- live each day grateful for another opportunity to share your blessings. Don't enable entitlement attitudes in your children. Do not squander time, talent or money.
Most importantly, never miss a chance to thank God for all you have been given- in plenty and in want, in joy and in suffering.
“Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalms 106:1 NKJV