Why We Should Remember THIS Thanksgiving

I have a short memory. I bet you do too. The nation of Israel had a short one in the Old Testament, and so did Jesus’ disciples. You don’t believe me? Then, let me ask you a question. Do you ever worry or fret over something on the horizon? I confess that I do. Here’s my point. Given the context of my life thus far and God’s absolute goodness and faithfulness at every turn, why should I ever worry about that thing on the horizon? After all God has seen me through, is this really the one thing He cannot handle? Of course not! But I have a short memory.

I used to wonder how the Israelites could have watched the Red Sea part on their behalf and then almost instantly worry about God letting their enemies overtake them. Of course, I would have been the same way because so often I am the same way today.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could minimize this effect in the lives of our kids?

I think we can. This week instead of suggesting we simply discuss what we are thankful for, why not include a conversation with our children on why we are thankful. Consider Christ’s words:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:25-26 ESV)

And this Thanksgiving let us celebrate with our kids why we are thankful for all that God has done so that we may:

“…let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

(Colossians 3:15 ESV)


To everyone out there, Happy Thanksgiving from MyParentLab!



About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→