GIVE THANKS FOR STARS
"Our room is going to look so cool!" Molly said as she set her brush down and took a seat on the floor.
She and her twin sister, Elinor, had just finished painting their room completely black. After it dried they were going to put star-shaped glow-in-the-dark stickers all over the walls.
"It's going to be like sleeping outside!" Elinor said.
"Okay, now we need to decide how we're going to put the stickers up," said Molly. "Do we want to do some sort of pattern or just put them up randomly?"
Just then Mom walked in. "The walls look good, girls." She turned on the overhead light. "I'm glad you're going to add the stickers, though, otherwise it would be pretty dark in here."
"Thanks, Mom," said Elinor. "That light helps--it's only three in the afternoon and it's already getting hard to see in here!"
"Yeah," said Molly. "Can you imagine what it would be like if God had made the sky completely black, without any stars or light?"
"That would be pretty dark," replied Elinor. "Do you remember when we first moved here and we'd try to find the bathroom in the middle of the night with no lights on?"
"I do," said Mom. "You girls got so many bruises from running into things that we finally had to get a night light."
"Yes--and we were sure thankful for that night light!" said Elinor. She picked up a star sticker from the floor. "I'm thankful God gives us night lights outside, too. The stars are so beautiful to look at."
"And so bright," added Molly. "When the sky is clear and the moon is full, we don't even need the house light on to play basketball."
Mom nodded. "Sometimes we take for granted all that God has created and provided for us. It's important to remember to stop and thank Him for all He has given us."
Molly sat up. "Elinor, that gives me an idea for how we should arrange the stickers! Let's scatter them around, but in the center of one of the walls, let's have them form the words Give Thanks."
"Let's do it!" said Elinor. "That will be a good reminder to thank God for everything He's given us."
– MELISSA YEAGLE
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you remember to thank God for everything He’s given you? When was the last time you thanked Him for the stars or your family or your clothes? Don’t forget to thank Him for all He has done for you and the things He provides for you every day. What can you do to remind yourself to give thanks to God?
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1, NKJV)
Give thanks to God.