Welcome to Everyday Truth’s Thanksgiving devotionals. Use these devotionals with your family to spend time remembering the blessings you have. The devotionals are designed to be used with kids and adults of all ages.
Thank you. It’s two simple words that we say all the time. Think about the last time you said those words. Who did you say them to? Why did you say them? Did you mean them?
We say “thank you” a lot. I bet your parents make it mandatory for you to say them after someone does something nice for you. But we don’t always think about the words when we say them. Sometimes it’s just a habit. We say them because we’re supposed to, even when we don’t feel super thankful. Think about it, how thankful are you when someone hands you a plate full of food that you don’t really like. Do you feel thankful when you say “thank you”?
Parents. We all have them, those people whose job it is to help us grow. Take a minute and think about all the things your parents do for you. They love you. They make sure you get fed. They make sure you have clothes. They help you learn. They do fun things with you. They make rules to keep you safe and to help you grow.
Parents have a big job. From the time you were born, they have been responsible not just for keeping you safe but for making sure you learn everything you need to know, from walking and talking to getting to know God. It’s a big responsibility to know that you’re the one in charge of another person.
Brothers and sisters. We love them, but sometimes we don’t like them very much. Sometimes our brothers and sisters get on our nerves. They take our stuff. They pick on us. They bother us when we have friends over.
But the truth is that as much as our brothers and sisters can annoy us, they are some of the few people in this world who will also stick up for us and love us no matter what. Brothers and sisters are actually a wonderful gift. Think of all the fun stuff you’ve ever done with your brother or sister. Think about the laughter you’ve shared and the times your sibling has encouraged you when you were down. When we really stop to think about it, most of us are going to find that our brothers and sisters really do make our lives better.
Every kid spends about 180 days every year in school. That’s about half the year. Whether you go to public school, private school or you are homeschooled, you still have to go to school. That means that someone is teaching you.
The truth is that unless you’re homeschooled, you will have a variety of teachers over those years. Some you might like a lot, some you might only like a little. But every one of those teachers is serving you.
Life is so much more fun with friends. Think about it. A bike ride around the block, a trip to the park, a day at the movies are all more fun when you have someone to share them with.
But friends don’t just make things more fun. They also make us better. Good friends can help keep us on the right track. They can help us make good decisions. They can pick us up when we’re down and encourage us to be better people than we would be otherwise.
Today is Veteran’s Day, a day when we honor all the men and women who have served in our armed forces to protect our freedom. And today, we’re going to look at why we’re thankful for them.
John 15:13 says “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Soldiers choose every day to live out this verse, not just for their friends, but for people whom they have never met. They choose to put their lives between us and those who would threaten our freedom, so that we don’t have to.