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Building Gratefulness In My Child - Part 2
February 25, 2019

Gratefulness is an attitude that we choose to have. A grateful heart has nothing to do with what we have in material possessions and it does not come from positive life circumstances. Gratefulness is an attitude we possess when we know WHOSE we are.

When you read of Paul and Silas imprisoned in Acts 16, you find out they’d just been severely beaten by a crowd and dragged to prison. While in prison that same evening we see Paul and Silas doing two things; praying and singing hymns. We can learn a lot about gratefulness from the responses of these men. After a severe beating and imprisonment, we see them expressing adoration and gratefulness to God. Their attention wasn’t fixed on their circumstances; it was fixed on God Himself.

So now that we understand that gratefulness isn’t about being thankful for our stuff or our great circumstances, but rather an attitude fixed on God Himself, how do we instill an attitude of gratefulness in our children?

Live in the present. Living in the past keeps us tied to guilt and regret. Living in the future leaves us striving for things that we are not promised. Live in today.

Make sure when you express gratefulness that isn’t just for things. Be grateful for good attitudes, great friends, kind words, etc.

Develop an understanding of money with an allowance. While instituting an allowance, teach what it means to save, tithe, give and spend.

Expose your children to people from all different walks of life. Help them see that people are not defined by their belongings. Help them to know that getting the next must-have item will not really make them feel better about themselves. So many of us buy into the lie that we can't live without the newest to-die-for purchase. The truth is, we can never buy anything that will give us longlasting happiness.

The good news is our self worth is tied to just one thing - that God loves us SO much that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. Thanks to Jesus, we have a reason to be eternally grateful. 

Gratefulness is an attitude of contentment. It’s when we profess that we don't need more from God to follow Him completely. We choose to follow now, trusting in God's love and provision. Our children will learn gratefulness from us when they see it modeled through this type of attitude.

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