If I made a list of the biggest life lessons I’ve learned this year, at the top would probably be this:: Having JOY in life is a choice. ( Actually, it’s a command. I Thessalonians 5:10 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.) Being joyful is a reflection of who I am as Christian to others. It’s a reflection of Christ.
Being thankful and having a constant posture of gratitude is definitely NOT always easy. Like most things, it takes effort and repeated practice until the behavior you want to achieve becomes habit. Being thankful takes practice. Some days it’s easy. Some days it’s like pulling teeth to find something to be thankful for.
I am learning this in my life right now. And while I’m learning this lesson I’m also asking myself, how do I teach this to my kids?
Being an example and living it out for my kids to see is the best way I know to teach them this lesson. But, we have come up with a fun way in our home to develop the habit of thankfulness – The Gratitude Pumpkin.
It’s just a fun twist on what a lot of people do during the Thanksgiving season. Each day we list something or someone we are thankful for. We write it on our pumpkin. By Thanksgiving our pumpkin is full.
It gives me something to do with one of the 5 million pumpkins I have in the house. Okay, more like 20. Yes, I’m a pumpkin addict.
We got off to a little late of a start this year; but our pumpkin is filling up nicely.
And here’s our pumpkins from past years.
It’s funny that this was the caption I put with the picture because the tradition actually stuck.
How are you developing a heart of gratitude? I’d love to hear other’s ideas of how they are practicing this or teaching it to their kids.