Always and for All things

I recently took up teaching in the children’s church and I must confess am better for it. Today, I had the opportunity of teaching a class of 20, all age 12 and below . Our memory verse was from Ephesians 5:20 ‘giving thanks always (all the time) for all things (everything) to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…’

As I taught on this scripture, God opened my eyes through the minds of these children to see what being thankful is all about. At the end of the class, I challenged them to write down 15 things they were thankful to God about. At first the number 15 looked like much and they struggled with it but in the end (without any aid or support) they each came up with a list of  more than 20 inspiring things to be thankful to God for. I have reproduced some of it below:

1. Thank God for making me beautiful 
2. Thank God for favour 
3. Thank God for everyone in this class
4. Thank God for the stars and the sun that brightens up the sky 
5. Thank God for making me wise 
6. Thank God for my mouth ( I wonder why he thought that)
7. Thank God for making me say thank you
8. Thank God for Jesus
9.  Thank God for the ground that I walk on
10. Thank God for love 
11. Thank God for my family
12. Thank God for my mummy’s new job to come
13. Thank God for the project site
14. Thank God for joy

And the list goes on and on. More importantly, they were excited and full of joy as they went about creating their list. There is joy in giving thanks!

So I ask you, what are you thankful to God for today? Just think about it and see what happens to you and in you.