Day 29~ Growing Grateful Children!

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1–12

If you’ve been blessed with children, you know that gratitude doesn’t come naturally for them. But few things are more remarkable (and unusual) in children today than when they’re known for their thankful, contented spirit.

While teaching and instruction have their place in growing gratitude in our kids, the best teacher of all is our example. Do your children hear you thank your husband when he tackles a home repair job? Do they hear you express gratitude to the Lord and to others for both little and big things throughout the day?

Conversely, do they hear you grumble when your husband delays dinner by needing to see one extra client or when you get a flat tire or the sun doesn’t come out for a week?
Gratitude is more effectively caught than taught. How contagious are you, especially at home?

Sit down and talk with your children about the high value God places on gratitude. Tell them how they’re going to start seeing some “gratitudinal” changes in you. If you don’t have children of your own, think about who God has placed in your sphere of influence. What are you teaching them about gratitude by your lifestyle?

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Father God, I want my heart attitude to honor You and draw others closer to Jesus. When I begin to grumble or give in to pride, remind me that my attitude is contagious. Please work in me to make it worth catching. Thank You! 

Life Application:

Ok, so most of this day, (actually all of it;) didn't apply to me. I'm not married, and I don't have kids, so I can just skip this day right?.....wrong. Even though I don't have my own kids, I have influence in the lives of other people. I can use the same principles (if I had kids) to interact with my siblings, and my friends, and anyone I interact with. 

I've noticed the connection between my attitude, and the attitudes of those around me. When I'm upset, the people around me seem to get upset and grumble as well. And when I grumble, I give the enemies of Christ occasion to blaspheme. (2 Sam 12:14) I have the potential to give the people around me reason to grateful or be upset. I can be the example of gratefulness, or I can be the source of grumbling for those around me. It's a choice I have to make every day, and it's a choice that will change the future of my life, and the lives of those around me!

 "See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:15-23

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