by Pastor Jason Poling
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1)
When life gets stressful, I find that remembering God is good is one of the hardest things for me to do. Without remembering this key attribute of God, we are prone to complaining, worry, fear, and depression.
Our kids struggle with this as well. When you see them complaining, fighting, or in a bad mood, they have forgotten how good they have it. They have forgotten that God is good and has been good to them.
One of the best things we can do for ourselves and for our kids is to recount the many ways in which God has been good to us. A great project to work on together as a family would be to each share one, brand new way in which you have seen God be good to you that day. Share them at the dinner table every night and make a point to give thanks together for each of those signs of His goodness toward your family.
And each night make sure to remind the whole family of the greatest good God has done for you: sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross to forgive you of your sins. This is something to celebrate every night!
The more we see God’s goodness in our lives and give thanks to Him for it, the more we will understand just how much God loves us.
And the more we grasp the love of God for us, the more we will love God. And the more we love God, the more we will want to be like Him. Seeing the goodness of God leads us toward godliness.
When we help our kids see God’s goodness, we will help them become godly.