4 Thanksgiving Perspectives All Christians Should Have

By Natasha Crain

Although Thanksgiving is a secular holiday, it creates a wonderful opportunity to talk to our kids about the meaning of gratitude from a biblical perspective. While our secular holiday tends to focus on celebrating lists of things we’re thankful for, the biblical perspective on gratitude is much richer in meaning.

Here are four “thanksgiving” perspectives all Christians should have. This week is a great time to consider any one of these as a meaningful conversation starter!

1.    Christian gratitude is directed to God exclusively.

In a secular sense, the phrase “I’m so grateful that…” is simply the expression of a positive feeling without an acknowledgment of where the blessing originates.

For a Christian, God should always be acknowledged as the source of all we have.100 titles from 99 cents t

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” (James 1:17)

Conversation starter: Ask your kids to try to come up with something that DOESN’T come from God. They usually come up with physical things like tables, couches, TVs, etc. Use it as an opportunity to brainstorm all the ways God still provided the earthly material and human knowledge needed to create these things.

2.    Christian gratitude is independent of circumstances.

It’s really easy and quite natural to be grateful when everything is going great. But a grateful response to positive circumstances is only half of the story. Christians are expected to respond with gratitude to everything that happens.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Conversation starter: Ask your kids why we should be able to thank God during difficult times. A couple of key talking points include: 1) Our salvation remains assured regardless of earthly circumstances and 2) we know that God will ultimately work all things together for good (Romans 8:28)…
 

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