Gratitude ought to be one of our most important postures as Christians. Indeed it is a defining characteristic. It goes hand-in-hand with humility. We should remain grateful continually but our thankfulness ought to especially be evident when we contemplate all that we have so undeservedly received from our God and Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Where, then, is there room for boasting?
I believe we must vigilantly teach our children the attitude of gratitude. As I learn more and more about the new generations, I keep running into the word…entitlement. It seems to keep popping up with greater emphasis in every description of the emerging generations.
For the Christian, there can be no such attitude. Entitlement flies in the face of grace. Grace by definition is voluntary. It is unmerited. And while we shouldn’t be surprised by God’s grace (because of who God is), we ought to indeed be amazed to our core. We must pass this on to our children. Gratitude is a legacy that glorifies God and edifies his children.
Below are some articles that are worth reading, contemplating, and teaching to your children.
- The Teaching Home has a great newsletter that is very helpful.
- Thanksgiving Activities from The Teaching Home
- Creative studies and ideas for Thanksgiving
- Teaching Thankfulness, Part 1 from The Teaching Home
- Teaching Thankfulness, Part 2 from The Teaching Home
- Thanksgiving, Part 1 from The Teaching Home
- Thanksgiving, Part 2 from The Teaching Home
- This week’s Homeschool Minute newsletter has several good articles on thankfulness and Thanksgiving.
- The Thanksgiving Primer at Vision Forum
- A few great posts by Doug Phillips on Thanksgiving: Here, here, here, and here
- Recipe for a Thanks-giving by Noel Piper
- Lots of good sermons on Thanksgiving and Gratitude by John Piper