This 2-week series reminds preteens that when you're thankful for what you have, you will be content.
Note: Although the content in this series is solid, this is a 2013 release. If you're looking for our latest Thanksgiving lesson (released in 2021), then check out EVERYDAY THANKS.
It is easy for preteens to get consumed with the "It's all about me & what I want" attitude during the holiday season.
In today's culture, students are told to always want more. They're rarely content with what they have, always wanting the newest thing.
Advancements in technology feed this desire for more by constantly releasing new versions of video game systems, video games, apps, smartphones (how many of your students just upgraded to the iPhone 5c?), tablets (how about the iPad Mini?)...and the list goes on and on.
It's not just with technology, but extends to every aspect of their lives. They're constantly bombarded with the message - 'What you have right now is not enough...you will be happy when you get _______ (fill in the blank)."
The truth is that having "more" stuff does not bring lasting happiness.
Having the newest stuff or acquiring more stuff will never satisfy the desires that students have. We live in a culture that values "more" rather than being "content" with what you do have.
God has a different way for us to live.
When you focus on what you "have" rather than what you "want", contentment follows.
What a great message to communicate to preteens this holiday season!
That's the core message of the Exploring Thankfulness series, which is perfect to do around Thanksgiving time.
Exploring Thankfulness Overview
Week 1: Follow the Leader
Bible: Proverbs 3:5, 6; Philippians 4:6
Bottom Line: Follow God’s lead with a grateful heart.
Week 2: God Deserves Our Thanks
Bible: Luke 17:11-19; Philippians 4:6
Bottom Line: The God that answers prayers deserves a thankful heart.