Day 1: Don't Take Others for Granted

A Thankful Heart

Every November, I use the space here on Everyday Truth to provide you with a family devotional to get your family focused on their blessings. Join me here every day for a new installment of the devotional. It's a great way to get your family focused on Thanksgiving before the mad rush to Christmas. Read today's intro post with your family, then follow along with me all month to learn about being thankful for the people in your family's life. Pin it, share it, tweet it, invite your friends to join you. It's going to be a great month.

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"?

The month of November is when we often focus on being thankful. We spend the whole month leading up to Thanksgiving -- a day where we focus on all that we have to be thankful for. This month, on Everyday Truth, we're going to focus on being thankful for all the people we have in our lives and the things that they do for us. But we're not just going to say we're thankful for them; we're going to tell those people how thankful we are for the specific things they do.

It's really easy to take all those people in our lives for granted. It's easy to not appreciate the things that they do for us. From the mailman to our parents, people serve us every day. And, for that, we should be grateful.

So, all this month, we're going to focus on making sure other people know that we're thankful for them. I'm going to give you quick, easy ways to show your appreciation. It's up to you to carry it out. Just think about how many people you can thank in the next month.

Too often, we take the people in our lives for granted. When was the last time you thanked your mom for washing your clothes? Did you thank the cashier the last time she checked you out at the store? What about your brother or sister? Have you thanked them lately for being your friend?

God puts people in our lives for a reason, and He wants us to be thankful for them. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says "give thanks in all circumstances." That includes being thankful for all the people in our lives.

Thankful list

We're going to dive into thanking specific people tomorrow, but today, I want you to make a list of all the people for whom you are thankful. You can use the free printable (just click on the picture) I've created or you can just use a plain sheet of paper. Take a minute to share your lists as a family and to thank God for each of those people.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow when we start by thanking God for our parents.