From a Day to a Way!
The National Day of Thanks has changed from being about a National Day to being about a Way of Life.
For the past 15 years we have promoted a Day of Thankfulness that churches could use to connect with their communities. Over the last 5 years we have seen a decline in interest for a national day of thanks but a greater need for living a personal life of gratitude. We now feel it is time for the chapter of one day a year to end and to focus more on a Way of Life that says Thank You each day.
Our Mission Statement, Thanking God . . . thanking each other will remain because it is about consciously expressing that thankfulness. Each day being Thankful to God for the Nation we live in and the blessings and freedoms we enjoy. And then to each other – thanking those who have made a difference in our lives and the life of our community. Thanking those who help you even in the simplest of ways. Gratitude makes a difference in our lives and the lives of those we thank.
Here is an obvious area we can set our focus on:
Disaster Recovery. There is always a need for support for our emergency services and those who have been so seriously impacted by fires and floods.
As Christians let us be the hands and feet of Jesus in supporting, in whatever way it is needed, those who have been impacted by these disasters. It may simply be helping to clean up the rubble or as churches in a community uniting and becoming a part of the recovery service that is always so needed. There are many resources within a congregation that are needed to rebuild lives and livelihoods after these fires – how can you or your church help? I have heard of one local Minister’s Association that has gone to their local council and asked how the church in the community can help with the recovery efforts. They went with no church badges, no agendas to gain members, they went with open hands and hearts to help their community.
Let the emergency services know that what they do is greatly appreciated by the wider community. In the process of expressing your gratitude remember to thank God for the many amazing stories of miraculous escapes from the fires and the many homes that were saved in the Christmas 2019 fires. We can be thankful that the the devastation of these fires was not more far reaching.
Personal Focus area:
The Personal Focus is an all year-round attitude of gratitude. It is about living a life of thankfulness and saying Thanks through simple acts of Gratitude to those who have made a difference in your life and the life of your community. Those who serve you in the shopping centres or at the servo when you fill the tank.
With such a disastrous start to 2020 it will be necessary for us to dig deep in gratitude to help encourage and rebuild the devastated communities and individual lives that have been impacted. It will take more than a few months or six months to rebuild lives, homes, incomes and communities. The impact of this COVID-19 pandemic will take a long time to recover from. It will take encouragement and thankfulness at each step along the way. We first need to be thankful in all circumstances in our lives so that our simple acts of kindness will be an encouragement and strength to others.
Saying Thanks is not just a word – it is an act of kindness. Kindness is a dimension of God – part of the Love that He is.
Being grateful is about saying Thank You each day of the year – it’s about a way of life. Saying Thank You changes your life and the life of the person you are thanking.
Have you thought about organising a Community Festival?
Have a look at our Community Festivals page for ideas on what you can do.
As always we encourage you to look for different ways to express thankfulness in the way you live.
Also have a look at some of the Personal Stories about how expressing gratitude impacted the individual and those they thanked.