Welcome to Being Thankful for the Little Things, our annual November Thanksgiving family devotional series. This year, we’re focusing on being thankful for the little stuff, the things we often take for granted. Each devotional is meant to be read as a family. At the end of each devotional, you’ll find a journaling prompt (you can download a free journal cover and pages here) and an action step you can take to help out someone else. Thanks for joining us and be sure to share it with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
Look down. What do you see? No, not that gum wrapper on the ground. Your feet. Those things you walk on and probably take for granted most of the time. How often do you think about your feet? When you get out of your chair to walk across the room, do you think, "OK, feet, do your stuff?" Of course not. Our feet just work when we need them to. We don't even really think about it.
My daughter hurt her foot playing hockey last night. She came off the ice and couldn't walk. She had to hop all the way to the car. I bet she didn't think about her feet all day yesterday -- until one of them didn't work very well.
Our feet are something to be thankful for. They take us places. They support us when we stand. They allow us to run, hop, skip, jump, walk and play. They get us from here to there. They let us skate, ride a bike, and jump on a trampoline.
God even calls our feet beautiful. Check it out. Psalm 52:7 says, "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" When we use our feet to take us places to tell other people about God, it makes them beautiful.
I don't think too much about whether my feet are beautiful or not. They're just there at the end of my legs. As a matter of fact, my feet are kind of oversized. I tend to trip over them a bunch. But God says when I use my feet to take me places to tell others about Him that my feet are beautiful. Of all the things my feet can do, this is the most important one.
So, whether you walk, run, skip, jump or skate someplace today, be thankful for your feet. Let them be beautiful today as you use them to take you places where you can tell someone else about God.
Journal entry: Write down three things that you are thankful for that would be difficult to do if you didn't have feet.
Action step: Have beautiful feet today. Tell someone about God. It can be a friend, a teacher or someone you just met. Share something about God with another person.