Grateful Giving

The month of November has long been associated with gratitude. God’s providence was recognized nearly 400 years ago by a small group of Pilgrims searching for religious freedom; incredibly, this event is still celebrated today. But after all this time, do we really understand what it means to “give thanks”? Nowadays, it can be quite difficult of us to put ourselves in the shoes of those grateful Pilgrims.

How can we possibly understand what it must have been like to flee the only home you’ve ever known, risk life and limb traveling across vast oceans, arrive on a foreign continent where no one speaks your language, and forge a living from nothing? Believe it or not, there are people all around you who have experienced just that . . .

We are experiencing an unprecedented global event where millions of people have been forced from their homes and are seeking refuge anywhere they can find it. As followers of a Savior who had “no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58  NIrV), we must reach out to our neighbors in need. Symbolic gestures of kindness will no longer fit the bill. We need the real church to meet the needs of real people. So how can you and your children make a difference?

  • The first step is to pray. Pray with your children’s missions group for those suffering in the world and ask God to provide a way for you to help.
  • Next, take a look at what you have. Every church is blessed with unique people who have special talents and abilities. Don’t overlook the small stuff! God can use anyone to proclaim His peace in the world.
  • Now, get out there! Don’t be afraid to try something unfamiliar. Show your children with your actions that you believe in a God who came to sacrifice Himself to show His love for all people. Lead your children to find a way to serve those around you in need.

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17 NASB).


Zachariah Seanor is the children's ministry consultant for Royal Ambassadors.

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