Last week I received an email from FamilyLife’s president, David Robbins. It was a communication that went out to all of their ministry partners. And though this wasn’t an email to me alone, the message spoke to my heart so much I wanted to share an excerpt of it here.
King David was a masterful poet who spilled his heart out to God in some of the most uplifting and inspiring verses in the Bible. Take, for example, Psalm 138:1-3:
“I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.”
I love how David expresses his gratitude to God in such honest and heartfelt words. Often in the Psalms, we see David begin with a candid complaint or struggle, but end with sincere gratitude as his focus turns to God. Showing gratitude is much more than words. It’s about lifting our eyes and hearts to the bigger picture, drawing closer to God and to others, and ultimately, it’s about expressing love.
It’s an important trait to master not only during this season of focused thanksgiving, but all year round! Just this past week, Meg and I have had conversations with our kids addressing persistent complaining, arguing, and ungratefulness that seems to be surfacing more than usual. And if I’m honest, I have not been fully living out the things I’m trying to teach my kids in this recent season. We want our home steeped in gratitude because of God’s grace.
I’m sure David Robbins isn’t the only one struggling to live out his faith in gratitude—I for one can resonate with similar challenges. Understanding there are likely many listeners in your audience who could benefit from some help and hope in this area, too, FamilyLife is making a resource available … for free. It’s called, My Family’s Gratitude Plan. Here’s a sample of what’s inside this e-book:
- Articles on the importance of gratitude (including ones from Dennis and Barbara Rainey!)
- Thanksgiving Advent Paper Chain prompts
- Thanksgiving Bingo
- Gratitude Poster or Jar artwork
- Printable, frameable Scripture art
Just as we need to be intentional in parenting, loving our spouse, and showing love for one another, more importantly we need to do the same in drawing closer to God which in turn cultivates a spirit of gratitude in our hearts.
Learn more about this timely resource here and be sure to share the link with your audience. Then, encourage them to tune into “FamilyLife Today”—especially on Thanksgiving Day when Bob Lepine expounds on some biblical directives from 1 Thessalonians 5.
For a look at all the programming airing this month, download the November Program Tool Kit here.