What does the Bible say about thankfulness?

We have come to the end of the school year and the end of our theme of “what does the Bible say about…”. It therefore seems appropriate that our final theme of the year is “what does the Bible say about thankfulness?”. Our thought for the week comes from one of the greatest literary characters of all time and says

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold rather a lot of gratitude

A lot of the topics we have looked at this term haven’t necessarily had a huge amount answers, or advice, but have raised further questions, or have challenged the way we approach things. But this one is quite simple. What does the Bible say about thankfulness? It says you should be thankful!

I feel I have spoken a lot this year about recognising the good that is happening in our lives, trying to avoid the culture we live in of focussing on the negative, or focussing on what we want and need. The best way in which we can do that is to be thankful for what we have, and for what people have done. More so, is to thank those people who have helped to make those things happen.

Do you say thank you? One thing a few of our supply teachers have mentioned is that Archbishop’s is one of the few schools where pupils will say thank you when they leave the lesson. How amazing is that? It is so easy to fall in to the trap of not thanking people for what they do because ‘it’s their job’! It may their job, but they are still doing it. I always wondered why my mum waved at so many people in the car, or when she was crossing at Zebra crossings, until she told me that she was saying thank you. I will always say thank you when I’m getting off the bus, and feel slightly bad that I can’t say thank you to train driver! Yes… they are doing their job… but if they weren’t doing their job then I wouldn’t have got to place I needed to get to.

Thankfulness shows a recognition that someone has done something good for you or for others, it doesn’t have to be something that they didn’t have to do, it just has to be something good. Think about your day so far… how much of it have you done on your own? How much has been helped along by other people? Have you thanked them?

The bible verse linked with this theme is from 1 Chronicles 16 and it says “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever”. We are so good at complaining to God when things are going wrong, and asking God when they are things we need/want, yet how often do we thank God?

We have so much to be thankful for. Christians believe that God gave us life, that God created the world in which we live. Do we thank God for that? On Tuesday we will be celebrating the Eucharist together, the Eucharist is meal of thanksgiving. Reminding us that we are forgiven people because Jesus died on the cross and rose again. Being forgiven. Being free. Being able to be in relationship with God. Now that is something to be thankful for.

I’ve recently given out some gifts to say thank you to some people, and the response I often got was “you didn’t have to.” I may not have had to, but I wanted to. Thankfulness is one of the most amazing, affirming gifts we can each give. As Piglet noticed – he was only small but he had a great capacity for gratitude.

So… have a great summer… and thank you for reading this blog. See you on the 3rd September (the Sunday before we start back)!

Prayer: we thank you father that you chose to create this amazing world, and that you chose to create us to be in relationship with you. Thank you that you sent Jesus to become human on earth, to live among us, and to die in our place, that we may be forgiven and reunited with you. Thank you for being good and for loving us even when we don’t deserve it. Amen

Challenge: spend a day thanking people!

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