Point your kids in the right direction, and when they’re old they won’t be lost.
Debs had just finished handing out prizes to the children in a Groundbreakers Lunch Club when one of the children said:
"I didn't hear ANYONE, apart from me, say 'Thank you' to Debs. You need to say thanks to show that you're grateful!"
One of the other children replied:
"We need to say thank you to God too as He sent Debs here to teach us stuff and to help us get to know God better. I'm grateful for that as well as my prize!"
Debs went on to tell the story of the ten lepers whom Jesus healed.
All ten lepers were healed because Jesus wanted to bless them, but only one of the lepers said "Thank you". That leper received a special blessing from Jesus.
The Lunch Club finished with a time of prayer where everyone thought of something they could say "Thank you" to God for.
In his letter to the church in Thessalonica Paul writes;
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)
He connects giving thanks, being grateful, with rejoicing and praying. Paul goes so far as to say we should do these things regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. Perhaps life is going very well at the moment, then as you look around and consider the stuff others have to deal with, you can appreciate how much you have to be thankful for. Whereas some may find themselves simply being grateful for a new morning.
God doesn't change and his mercies are new every morning. What are you grateful for today?