“Do not forget to do good and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16, NIV
Thanksgiving Devotional Day 19
Charlie wanted to teach his children about gratitude. He longed to show his kids how to be a blessing to others. So, Charlie began taking his two daughters and son along when he did activities like helping out at the local soup kitchen and volunteering at the animal shelter.
As his kids saw his example, Charlie took it a step further and encouraged each of his children to find some way to serve, too.
His son, a budding photographer, took photos of the animals that were in need of permanent families. Charlie’s youngest daughter started a can drive at her school to encourage others to donate to the soup kitchen. His oldest acted as a greeter at the soup kitchen, bringing smiles to the faces of the needy and homeless.
One by one, Charlie watched as his kids began to focus on serving others and growing their talents. But allowing them to serve others who had nothing had a powerful effect. It didn’t just help them become more grateful; it inspired them to be generous in every area of their lives!
God, help me to do good things for others quietly. Bring to mind a person or cause that I can somehow give back to this month.