[blockquote source=”Psalm 136:26 (NIV)“]Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.[/blockquote]
As my wife and I discussed about the list of values that we want to inculcate in our 33-month son, top on our list was “being thankful”.
The reason for that choice is two-fold.
Take For Granted
One, we want him not to take for granted all that he has been given. An example would be during Christmas, we often hear some of our friends asking what their kids want for Christmas. We understand they love their children and want to dote on them. However, we find that the act of asking your child what he or she wants for Christmas will result in two adverse effects. The child will come to expect a gift every Christmas. And the spirit of giving during Christmas is lost on the child.
Two, we want him to adopt the mind-set of gratitude, of looking at the positive rather than to fall into the habit of criticizing and complaining. I’d be honest and admit that for the most part of my adult life, I was a chronic critic and complainant. I would whine about how bad the service is, or how slow the lift works, and how inconsiderate some people are. First thing first, that habit is not only unproductive, it is also destructive. It is unproductive because criticisms and complaints are not going to change things and besides it just make the entire experience bitter. It is destructive because, very soon, I find myself criticizing and complaining just about anything; even in my prayers.
Give Thanks to the LORD
As true follower of Jesus Christ, we want to give thanks to the LORD for His unconditional love, grace, and mercy. We also want to take the approach that everything happens for a reason and it’s for our own good, though we may not understand or agree.
Father, we thank You first and foremost for Your love and for giving us the best. We pray that in good times and in challenging times, we will more be like Your servant Job and thank You for all that happened. We pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.