How important is giving thanks? My kids went trick or treating recently, and regardless of your personal convictions on it, there is one thing that I can work on with my children at this time… The use of two words, in total 8 letters: “thank you.” It was amazing how the expression on faces changed when the kids remembered to say it.
We don’t say it enough, and we certainly don’t say it enough to Who matters most. It doesn’t have to be flowery words, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. A simple yet sincere acknowledgement, a “thank you” is all that God wants to hear.
Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.
What if we stopped short of each complaint impending on our lips and turned it into a “thank you”? I think, no, I know it would turn us each around. It would change us.
On Day #2 I am thankful for the ability to homeschool. Just think. This was cutting edge, fringe stuff when I was a kid, but it is an exploding trend in our society. I could say so much about this, but I will tell a story instead.
Last year I was at Goodwill with the kids in tow when I heard the usual, “Do your kids have off of school today?” I explained that we homeschool, and the lady said, “Oh! Good for you! I would have done that with mine, except it was illegal back in the day. I had to send them away to school and I wish I could have taught them from home.”
Do not take for granted our freedom to educate our children in any manner we choose. It did not exist decades ago.