Developing a Thankful Heart

The importance of being thankful is something almost everyone agrees on. Scripture commands us to give thanks in everything (I Thess. 5: 18). We acknowledge that we should be thankful, but the lack of gratitude around us is disheartening, to say the least. Being thankful doesn’t come naturally; it is an attitude that must be developed. Having reminders placed where they can be seen regularly is a good way to develop any habit, even thankfulness. In my classroom I have reminders of the importance of kindness, encouraging students to “Be Someone’s Reason to Smile” or to “Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.” As we focus during this season on being thankful, I hope the following reminders about gratitude are an encouragement to you.

“No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” – James Allen

“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” – Douglas Wood

“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” John F. Kennedy

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, it is the parent of all others.” Cicero

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” – Robert


“Gratitude bestows reverence…changing forever how we see life and the world.” John Milton

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” Margaret Cousins

I am so thankful to teach at GBA. I am honored every day to work with people who love the Lord, each other, and their students. It is a blessing to see students who love the Lord, each other and their teachers. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s life.

Written by Mrs. Cheryl Coné