Day 2: Being Thankful for Parents

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. You can find the first day here, 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.

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.

Sometimes, though, we take our parents for granted. We don't appreciate everything they do for us. We don't appreciate how much they love us. We really don't appreciate it when they try to teach us something through discipline or punishment.

So, today, we're going to be thankful for our parents. We're going to look at the job our parents have and find ways to let them know we're thankful for all that they do.

Think about your day. Did you have clean clothes to put on this morning? Did your mom or dad wash them for you? Did a parent take you to school or sports practice or an activity today? Did a parent cook a meal for you today? Did your mom or dad teach you something today? Did one of your parents help you with your homework? Did you get a hug from a parent today? Were there clean dishes for you to eat off of? Did your mom or dad correct your behavior at some point today?

All of those things are things that we can be thankful for. You see, God gave us parents to love us and protect us. He gave us parents so that they can help us learn and grow. And God tells us to obey and honor (Ephesians 6:1-3) them because they do so much for us. He wants us to be thankful for them.

Action step: When was the last time you told your parents "thank you"? Do you take all that stuff they do for you for granted? Today, be sure to thank God for your parents, then write your parents a little note thanking them for everything they have done for you. (You can use the free printable thank you note or your own paper.) Be specific. List things that they did today or yesterday. Let them know how thankful you are for them.

After you write them a note, look for ways that you can serve your parents today. Maybe you can do an extra chore or bring them a tasty treat. If you're older, you could offer to cook dinner or give your parents a night out while you watch the younger kids. Find one way to serve your mom and dad today.

Don't forget to join me tomorrow as we look at being thankful for our siblings.