1 Thes 5:16-18

How many of you celebrated Thanksgiving last week? I’m sure many of us joined our families, either through the terror of holiday travel or by staying at home and relaxing. Some of us probably watched the football games or caught up with grandma—and I’m positive everyone here ate plenty of food. But wait… How many of you remembered to give thanks? What does it even mean to be thankful? That’s not something we usually think about, even on the big day itself. Being thankful means we are appreciative of whatever gift we have received, and we feel the desire to give thanks for it. But, that still leaves the question: why don’t we give thanks year round?

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I want you to pay attention to the idea of giving thanks in ALL circumstances, because that’s probably the thing most of us struggle with. It’s easy to give thanks when things are good—but what about when things are tough? For example, as much as Hurricane Harvey was a terrible disaster that left our school flooded and many other homes with feet of water in them, it gave us an opportunity to be thankful for what we have in life—thankful for the things that truly matter—for our homes and for the safety of our families, and even thankful for the smaller things like clean water and our electricity.

We have many opportunities to give thanks year-round. We don’t just have to give our thanks on one day out of the year; instead we should give thanks whenever we can, because everything we have received has been through God’s grace. So right now, I challenge you, Covenant Academy, to not only give thanks for the large things, but also the small ones too. I challenge you to remember that no matter how dark times in your life may seem, what comes from that hardship will be something to be thankful for.

And with that, I say “thank you!”

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 week’s presentation was given by Austin, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).