In light of upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday, this week’s Family Devotional Guide will feature discussion questions by Paul Tripp from his article, “13 Questions to Ask This Thanksgiving.” Spend a few days discussing these questions. In conjunction with this set of questions, there are some suggested Scripture passages about Thanksgiving for you to read and discuss together.
Suggested Scripture Readings: 1 Chronicles 16:8-36; Psalm 100; Psalm 136; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; 1 Timothy 2:1
Thanksgiving Assessment by Paul Tripp
from “13 Questions to Ask This Thanksgiving”
Would the people who live nearest to you characterize you as a complaining person or a thankful person?
When was the last time you sat down to literally count your blessings?
When was the last time you spent time grumbling, moaning and complaining about life?
When you look at your world, are you pessimistic about everything that's going wrong?
When you look at your world, do find yourself celebrating God's common grace?
Do you view yourself as one who has been constantly short-changed and neglected?
Do you view yourself as one who has been unfairly showered with blessings?
How often do you fill in the blank with grumbling, like "If only I had _____" or "I wish _______ was different"?
How often do you fill in the blank with gratitude, like "I can't believe God has given me _________"?
In your relationships, are you encouraging friends and family to continue their grumbling?
In your relationships, are you encouraging friends and family to find reasons to give thanks to God?
In your relationships, do you find yourself frequently tearing others down?
In your relationships, do you find yourself frequently building others up?