Attitude of Gratitude

“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

Finish this sentence: We should have an attitude of… Gratitude! Mrs. Collins says this to us at school, but do you understand the importance of this and how you can apply it in your life? Gratitude is being thankful and showing appreciation to others by being willing to return their kindness whether they treat us kindly or not. This is the kind of attitude that we should have all the time, especially in the season of Christmas. We should be ready to return the kindness and generosity of others back to them and show them the love of Christ.

As Ebenezer Scrooge said after his transformation in A Christmas Carol, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all year.” What is he saying here? Why would we keep Christmas in our thoughts and hearts all the time? At first, this may sound as if we should celebrate Christmas all year round, but if we take a careful look at the deeper meaning, we will see that he is not talking about Christmas lights, or Christmas songs, but about the true meaning of Christmas. It’s about Christ coming into the world as a baby to eventually save us all from our sins. Because of this, Christmas is a time to rejoice in what God has blessed us with and have an attitude of gratitude. This says that we should keep this spirit all year round. It means that we ought to try our hardest to show gratitude to everyone we encounter because Jesus came down to Earth to forgive us of our sins and save us all. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This is a command given to us by God. He has asked us to be thankful in every circumstance. Why? Because as image bearers of a gracious God, we should be gracious for all that He does for us, and this should be reflected in our interactions with others.

During this Christmas season, think about all that God has blessed you and your family with, and think about what it would be like without those things. Think about how hard your parents work and how much they do for you. Could you show gratitude toward them and show them how much you appreciate them by offering to wash the dishes or clean your room without being asked? What about school? Think about how much you love your friends and how much your teachers love you. I challenge you to think about ways that you can show gratitude toward all of these people in your life during Christmas and throughout the rest of the year.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This presentation was given by Taylor, one of our tenth grade students (pictured above).