At the start of last year, I asked our readers “What is changing in your life this year?”
Change is one of those constant factors we can always be sure of. As the decade changes and 2020 rolls out, we move into a new era that will require us to grow in thankfulness and gratitude if we are to survive and flourish. We see the disasters of fire and drought all around us and we know our lives will not be the same, they will change this decade. How they change for each of us will be determined by a number of factors, some of which are our attitudes to life, our values, and our beliefs.
What is ahead in 2020?
Australia’s National Day of Thanks has grown into a more expansive activity than just promoting one day a year. For the last few years we have been promoting a grateful way of life that leads to a public expression of Gratitude on our National Day of Thanks.
In 2019 we released our School Gratitude Program along with some free resources that teachers can download and use in their classrooms. This year we will be adding some new products that can be purchased and used in the classroom – these products further expand on what we present as activities in our Teacher’s Guide.
As the year progresses, we hope to develop resources that can be used for Church Youth activities and Kid’s Church activities. The purpose of these resources would be to further develop an attitude of gratitude in our children along similar lines to our School Gratitude Program.
In 2019 we also experienced a security breach in our website which required us to build a completely new website. This new website www.thanks.org.au has a new name thanks.org.au which incorporates our National Day of Thanks and these other growing activities. If you use the old website address www.austhanks.org.au you will be automatically redirected to the new website.
2020 is already presenting itself as a very challenging year, and as the year progresses we hope to be an encouragement and a resource in helping you meet some of the challenges and our hope is to help develop within our Nation an Attitude of Gratitude.
Looking forward this year to walking together with you in Gratitude.
Robert J Burman
Coordinator – thanks.org.au