Enjoying the Journey
Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. used to say, “When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart he is well-nigh gone.” There is no way to underestimate the power of thankfulness, in a heart or in a home! For believers, thanksgiving should not be a single day – it should be a way of life.
Later in November millions of people will set aside a day to reflect on their blessings and give thanks. What a powerful thing it would be if we gave an entire month to thanksgiving. At least the part that matters…I don’t think we could handle that much turkey or football for a month!
As many of you know, we have been offering free, monthly, downloadable resources this year. November’s resource is being offered today for a very specific reason. It is a tool to use with your family for the next four weeks.
When you enter your email address you will automatically receive the thanksgiving worksheet. Post it somewhere that everyone will see it frequently. (For our family that is the refrigerator! We go there a lot.)
Here are a few suggestions on how to use the resource effectively…
- Memorize the thanksgiving Scripture for each week. Challenge every member of your household to learn it! Quote it to one another and work to apply it every day.
- Create a thanksgiving list each week. As a family make a list of things for which each of you are grateful to God. Try not to repeat yourself from week to week.
- Set aside a thanksgiving time each week. During breakfast, at the dinner table, in the car, before bed…spend some time giving thanks with your family. Make praise a part of your prayers.
Several years ago my wife challenged each member of our family to share three things every night for which we were grateful. When we first began it seemed a little awkward. By the end of a week we were all thinking of so many things to give thanks for. Even more than that, the tone of our home was sweeter. Gratitude affected us all in many ways.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)
Let Thanksgiving begin on November 1 in your home!