Day 12: Lights

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.

When I get up in the morning, it's usually dark. One of the first things I do is flip a switch so a light comes on. Immediately, the darkness disappears. There are some mornings, though, when I'm trying not to wake up other people in my house that I don't immediately turn on the light. On those mornings, I generally stumble around. I might step on a Lego someone forgot to pick up or trip over the dog. In the darkness, it's easy to stumble.

So, today, I'm thankful for lights. I can't imagine living hundreds of years ago when there was no electricity and everything was lit by candles. It would take a lot of candles to light up a room. Lights let us see in the dark, and we have all sorts of lights for which we can be thankful. We have flashlights, overhead lights, lamps, headlights on our cars and even Christmas lights on our trees. All of those lights brighten our path so we don't have to stumble over things we can't see.

Did you know that Jesus is a light? John 8:12 says, " When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" What does that mean? Jesus didn't light up like a Christmas tree. How can He be a light?

Think about it this way: Sin (that's the stuff we do that God doesn't like) is like darkness. It covers us and makes it hard for us to see the right thing to do. Jesus came and died and rose again so that our sins could be forgiven. He takes away the darkness of sin so that we can have a relationship with God. When we choose to follow Jesus, it's like stepping out of a dark room into a lit one.

I'm thankful that Jesus is a light, and He's available to guide me all the time. If we follow Jesus, we never have to be stuck in the darkness of sin again. We can always be in the light.

So, when you flip a light switch today, be thankful that the light comes on and remember that Jesus lights our lives just like the light at the end of that switch lights up a room.

Journal entry: Write down three things that you're thankful you can do that would be difficult to do without light.

Action step: When it gets dark tonight, turn out all the lights and try to walk across the room. Notice how hard it is to walk in the dark. Turn the lights on and walk across the same room. Talk with your family about the difference having light makes.

Linking up today with Time-Warp Wife.