Chapel Blog for November
Theme: Refocus – Know Where to Look!
GRATITUDE: letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.
Key Verse: “… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Gratitude is a response to the character of God
Have you ever paused to think about everything God has done for you? He created a planet that’s perfectly suited for otters and ostriches and you. Then, He sent His Son, Jesus, to that planet to die and be raised to life so He could have a forever relationship with you. Through the month, we’ll help kids refocus on all that God has done for them. Because when you know what God has done for you, YOU CAN BE THANKFUL—ALWAYS!
Key Question: What are you grateful for? We kick off a month on gratitude by helping kids to refocus on their own life and discover reasons they can be thankful. We’re so busy with life that we don’t take the time to pause and notice what God has done for us. We hope kids take the time throughout the year to ask themselves this question.
We start our look at gratitude with Psalm 100:1 where we read, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!” God has done so much for us through the gift of Jesus, it’s only fitting that we respond to Him with a heart of gratitude.
Bottom Line: Celebrate what God has done. We hope to give kids and families the opportunity to think about all the ways God has shown them love and faithfulness throughout the year. We want them to get excited and celebrate God’s goodness.
Key Question: What are creative ways to say thank you? Saying thank you doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Kids will discover all sorts of fun ways they can show gratitude to the people in their life.
We will take a look at a powerful story in Luke 17:11-19 about ten lepers who asked Jesus to be healed. But when their skin condition went away, they became so ecstatic about the miracle that they ran off and forgot to say, “thank you.” Only one came back to show his gratitude.
Bottom Line: Say thank you. We want kids to become the sort of people who take the time to go out of their way to show gratitude towards others.
Key Question: What’s keeping you from being thankful? As we continue to talk about how to refocus on what God has done for us, we help kids take a closer look at what gets in the way of gratitude.
Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” There are many times we might not want to give thanks, but our hope in Jesus allows us to be thankful regardless of our circumstances
Bottom Line: Always be grateful. Kids will learn that no matter what is happening in their lives, they can always find a way to say thank you.
Taken from 252 Basics