Madame Blueberry was a sad little berry.
She lived by herself in a house in a tree.
Her butlers would show up each morning at 9.
They’d open the door to hear Madame whine…
I’m so blu-hoo blu-hoo blu-hoo hoo
I’m so blue I don’t know what to do…
– Madame Blueberry, VeggieTales
Remember the opening song in VeggieTale’s Madame Blueberry? Madame Blueberry owned lots of things and had two butlers helping her around her treehouse every day. But the things that she owned did not make her happy. She kept pictures of the nice things that her neighbors had, and she would gaze at the pictures and cry over the things that she did not have. She was indeed a sad little berry.
In contrast, Annie Onion and Junior Asparagus were happy even though they were poor. Annie’s family could only afford one slice of apple pie for her birthday celebration, and Junior’s dad could only afford to buy him a ball even though he’d preferred a train set.
What made the rich Madame Blueberry sad and the poor Annie and Junior happy?
Annie and Junior did not have much. But they were thankful for simple things, such as the sun in the sky, family, one single slice of apple pie and a bouncy ball. Being thankful made them happy.
Madame Blueberry, on the other hand, did not feel thankful for the lots of good stuff she had. Instead, she cried over the things that she did not have.
Ironically, Madame Blueberry only learned to be thankful after her home had turned into a big pile of smashed sticks. Surrounded by her two butlers and a bunch of newfound friends, she felt truly thankful…
We thank God for this day.
For the sun in the sky.
For the friends that we have.
For our yummy apple pie.
For the love that He shares
‘cause He listens to our prayers
That’s why we say thanks every day.
Because a thankful heart is a happy heart.
We’re glad for what we have.
That’s an easy way to start.
For the love that He shares
‘Cause He listens to our prayers.
That’s why we say thanks every day. – Madame Blueberry and friends in Madame Blueberry, VeggieTales
Madame Blueberry could not find happy hearts in the aisles of Stuff-Mart, but she finally learned that “a thankful heart is a happy heart”.
While being thankful does lift our moods and make us happier people, our happiness is not the main reason why we ought to be thankful. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We give thanks because God wants us to.
When we are rich and healthy, it is important that we acknowledge that these blessings come from God. So we should rightfully thank God for His good and wonderful gifts.
But even when we are poor and sickly, God also wants us to give thanks to Him. Sometimes misfortunes befall us even though – or precisely because – we love and obey God. We must continue to give thanks to God even during those times when we don’t feel blessed or thankful. And we may not feel happy. But we must carry on loving God, obeying Him, and trusting that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Do you regularly give thanks to God in all circumstances? Especially for those of us who are not, perhaps the annual Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to pause, reflect and offer our thanks to God.
Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, and the many other good things we have been blessed with. Whether you are planning a simple dinner for your immediate family, or a large gathering in church, you may like to play some of our favorite Thanksgiving Games and Activities to liven your party. Free printables are provided to make your preparations that much easier. Included in this collection are popular party games with a Thanksgiving twist, such as Thanksgiving Minute to Win It, Thanksgiving Charades and Thanksgiving Pictionary. Thanksgiving Bingo is also perfect for bringing the young and old together for a time of sit-down fun after a satisfying multi-generational dinner. Or try this unique way of playing Thanksgiving Trivia where, while players take turns to answer, everyone is involved and can score points with every question. After playing these games, use the given Bible lesson to lead everyone in a time of reflection and thanksgiving.
Alvin Gan is the father of three noisy (but lovely) teenagers and founder of 2 websites that provide creative evangelism and discipleship resources.
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