With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s a time for people to reflect on all the blessings they’ve been given. But what if the practice of giving thanks wasn’t just a once-a-year ritual but a daily habit that could make families thrive all days of the year?
On an episode of Character Health, Megan and Dr. Steve Scheibner discuss the benefits of thanksgiving and the practical ways they have incorporated it into their family.
The Scheibners reflect on the power of being thankful as it ushers in the presence and love of God into homes, emphasizing the truth that it isn’t just a “nice practice.” The Psalmist displays the profound effect of thankfulness:
“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (Psalm 105:1, ESV)
When children of God worship Him with thanksgiving, it doesn’t just fill their hearts with joy and peace, but it shines His hope and light to the watching world.
Although it does require intentionality, the Scheibners remind viewers that saying, “thank you” doesn’t cost anything and will ultimately “make you thrive,” said Megan.
In a “like it, love it, gotta have it” culture, reviving the underrated practice of thanksgiving needs to start in the home. When families make a habit of saying “thank you” even for things that are expected of each other, it offers a unique blessing for both parties and increases relational health.
The Scheibners offer two practical ways they have made thanksgiving a routine in their home:
- Write out what your thankful for on 3×5 cards and place them in spots to be reminded of daily blessings from God.
- Start a family thankfulness book and have everyone write down things they’re grateful for and talk about it at the end of each week.
It may take time and some work to make thankfulness a natural go-to for you and your family, but ultimately, it will make the hard days a little bit brighter and this Thanksgiving holiday a little more meaningful as Christians take part in the command laid out in 1 Thessalonians:
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV).