DAILY BREAD: DEVOTIONAL FOR CHILDREN
EASTERN NIGERIA UNION CONFERENCE CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Title: A Thankful Heart
“ For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” – Ephesians 1:15-16 (NIV)
Have you ever received a gift that made you feel incredibly grateful? Sometimes, it’s not about the size or value of the gift, but the love and thoughtfulness behind it.
Imagine a young boy named David, who lived in a small village surrounded by lush green hills and breathtaking sunsets. David was known for his contagious laughter, warm smile, and, most importantly, his heart of gratitude.
One day, as David was playing by the village well, he noticed a colorful butterfly fluttering by. Mesmerized by its beauty, David decided to follow it into the nearby forest. He chased the butterfly eagerly, his little legs weaving through the tall grass and bushes.
Suddenly, the butterfly led him to a hidden clearing. In the center of the clearing was an ancient oak tree, taller and wider than any other tree in the forest. Underneath its leafy branches, David discovered a group of villagers gathering for a special occasion.
As he approached, he realized they were getting ready to celebrate a bountiful harvest. The villagers had prepared a feast, with tables adorned with baskets filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, and homemade goodies. The air was filled with laughter, joy, and the delicious aroma of warm bread.
Amidst the festivities, David noticed the village elder, Mr. Samuel, sitting quietly near the oak tree. Curiosity piqued, David approached him and asked why he wasn’t joining in the jubilation.
With a gentle smile, Mr. Samuel said, “David, my dear boy, I am taking a moment to offer thanks to God for the blessings we have received. Just like the Apostle Paul, who prayed with a grateful heart for the faithful believers in Ephesus, I am thanking God for His goodness to our village.”
David nodded, realizing that amidst the excitement of the celebration, he had forgotten to be grateful. He sat next to Mr. Samuel and closed his eyes, offering a heartfelt prayer of gratitude for the abundance they had been blessed with.
In that moment, David learned an essential lesson about having a thankful heart. He realized that expressing gratitude to God and others for the blessings in his life was just as important as the blessings themselves.
Dear children, just like David, we too should cultivate a spirit of gratitude. Ephesians 1:15-16 teaches us the importance of giving thanks for our faith in Jesus and our love for one another. We must remember to express gratitude to God for His love, provision, guidance, and the people He has placed in our lives.
Take a moment each day to thank God for His blessings, big and small. Express appreciation to your parents, siblings, friends, and teachers for their love and support. Let us foster a spirit of gratitude that overflows with joy and touches the lives of those around us.
Remember, dear children, gratitude is a powerful force that can transform our lives and relationships. So, let us always have thankful hearts, rejoicing in God’s goodness and sharing His love with others.
Thought for Reflection
As we reflect on the importance of a thankful heart, let us consider the impact gratitude can have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Just like David and the Apostle Paul, expressing gratitude to God and others allows us to recognize His abundant blessings and cultivate a spirit of joy, contentment, and love.
In many ways God has shown His love and faithfulness in our lives. Let this encourage us to shift our focus from our challenges and worries to the countless blessings that surround us. By naming them one by one, we gain a deeper appreciation for God’s goodness and find joy in His provision.
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God has done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the countless blessings You have bestowed upon us. Teach us to have thankful hearts, just like Paul and David. Help us recognize and appreciate the many gifts You have given us, including our faith and love for others. May gratitude fill our hearts and spill over into our actions, bringing joy and blessings to those around us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.