(Suggestion: print and use for your Thanksgiving time together. Happy Thanksgiving!)

  1. Have I expressed thanks to my mother and father?
  2. Have I thanked any teachers who made a positive contribution to my life?
  3. Have I thanked coaches, pastors, siblings, people who serve me, like mail carriers?
  4. Do I give thanks in the midst of difficult circumstances?
  5. Do I resist the temptation to complain because my situation is not better?
  6. Have I chosen to give thanks rather than hold onto a wound?
  7. Do I give thanks instead of expect others to wait on me?
  8. Am I content with what I have or do I deserve more?
  9. Do I have a distorted picture of God that keeps me from thanking Him? (The elder brother was angry and could not receive from his father).
  1. Have I chosen as an act of the will to be thankful rather than waiting for proof?
  2. Do I need to receive more before I will have a heart of gratitude?
  3. Would people close to me say that I have an attitude of gratitude?
  4. Has gratitude turned to skepticism because things turned out differently than expected?
  5. Am I generous with my money? Generous people are thankful (2 Cor.9:10); ungrateful people are stingy.
  6. Am I a happy? Grateful people are (Ps. 92:5).
  7. Do I live in the peace of God? Gratitude keeps me there (Phil. 4:6,7).
  8. Do I recognize that God is in charge? If so, I will be thankful (Ps. 97:1).
  9. Is life for me a matter of giving? “Thanks—giving” means both thanks and giving.
  10. Will I fit well with the atmosphere of heaven? It is full of thank-you’s (Rev. 7:12).
  11. Do I struggle with lust? Thanksgiving is a guard against sin that takes from others.
  12. Do I live close to Jesus who has a thankful heart? (Matt. 15:26, Jn 11:41,Lk 10:21f).
  13. Do I express gratitude every day? (David appointed the Levites to give thanks twice daily: I Chr. 16:4, I Chr. 23:30).
  14. Do I thank God in hard times, knowing that He will bring good out of bad?
  15. Am I able to thank God even when my personal security is threatened? (Dan. 6:10).
  16. Am I thankful for people God has connected me to? Paul gave thanks for people he wrote to.
  17. Have I thanked God for healing and health? (“Where are the nine?” Luke 17:17).
  18. Have I grown self-indulgent? (They are “lovers of themselves, lovers of money.. ungrateful, unholy…” 2 Tim. 3:2).
  19. Am I thankful for God’s truth? (“At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.” Ps. 119:62).
  20. Am I thankful for food ? (Acts 27:35; Ro. 14:6; I Tim. 4:3).
  21. Am I thankful that God is gracious? (I Cor. 1:4).
  22. Am I thankful for deliverance from death, even though I wasn’t aware that it was happening? (Angels attend to us and keep us from harm).
  23. Am I thankful for government leaders? (I Tim. 2:1,2).
  24. Am I aware that ingratitude can harden my heart? (Rom. 1:21).
  25. Am I humble? Thankful people are humble people.
  26. Am I modeling a thankful heart for my children and for others that I serve? (Col.3:15,17).
  27. Do my prayers often include thanksgiving? (Phil. 4:6; Col. 4:2; I Tim. 2:1).
  28. Do I enjoy singing? (Is. 51:3; Jer. 30:19).
  29. Is my thanksgiving contagious? (Paul’s gratitude caused “thanksgiving to overflow” 2 Co.4:15).


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