How often do you take time to be thankful for the way that God has blessed you?
Last week, we were able to celebrate Grandparents Day at our school. On days like this, it easy to get frazzled by the excitement of the students and the craziness of the schedule. All morning, the kids could hardly sit still as they watched the clock and waited for the time when their grandparents would come. During visiting time, our classroom was jam packed with kids and grandparents. There was barely room to move around. The students were so excited to show their grandparents around the classroom and the school. At one point, I stopped visiting and just looked around the room. What a sight! I was filled with joy and thanksgiving as I thought about how blessed these children are to have so many people to love them. Later that day, as I was in the middle of Unity's gym, surrounded by students and grandparents from our school, I was once again filled with joy. As we all stood singing praises and worshipping our God together, I said "Thank You God" for rich heritage that we have been blessed with.
This month, I will be challenging the students to take time to sit in the Thanksgiving Chair. What do I mean? We need to take time out of our busy day to pause, reflect, and say "Thank You God" for blessing me in so many ways. When do we need to say "thank you"? We need to say thank you when we wake up in the morning. As we hurry to get dressed and eat breakfast, we need to say thank you God for giving me clothes to wear and food to eat. When we get on the bus or in the car on the way to school, we need to say thank you God for transportation and good schools to go to. We need to say thank you for minds that can think and learn as we take a test or practice math facts. Even out at recess, we can be thankful for friends to play with and healthy bodies. We can be thankful for clean air and green grass. God has blessed us in so many ways and we need to be thankful for them.
I need to be thankful too. I need to be thankful at the supper table when the kids are singing and another glass of milk is spilled. Thank you God for children to fill my life with joy. I need to be thankful when there are dishes to do and laundry to be folded. Thank you God for blessings of a warm home that is filled with so many things. When I am grading papers or writing lesson plans, I need to be thankful for my job and for students who love to learn. When I think about my Jesus who gave his life for me on the cross so that I can live... I need to say thank you.. thank you ... thank you...
Take a moment to watch this video and reflect on the ways that God has blessed you. Then say thank you to God.