Make sure you play the Praise Game, not just at Thanksgiving, but all the time.
It was a beautiful Thanksgiving day. We had quite a large gathering this year. It was us (grandpa and grandma) two sisters and their spouses, two nieces, a daughter with her husband and five children. Our son, who is a preacher, was feeding some poor families at noon and then planned on coming later in the day for some games and fellowship time with the family.
We had a great time of feasting as usual. Too much food of course! Too many leftovers of course! Dinner was now over and everyone started running different directions – kids outside to play, men talking about hunting, women cleaning up messes and putting away food. 🙂 Somehow we never got around to playing “The Praise Game”. We were going to play this game, but it never happened! The one thing that we should have been focusing on the most never happened! Here’s what did happen.
The Praise Game – where was it?
Although we enjoyed food, family, and fellowship, the most important thing was left out! And my grandson put me to shame. As he was leaving he came and whispered in my ear, “Grandma, we never played “The Praise Game.” I was dumbfounded and ashamed! It brought tears to my eyes. I bent down and said, I know it and I’m sorry. We will be sure to play it next time. But will you share with me what you wanted to be thankful for? With a big smile, he said, for Jesus dying on the cross for my sins. I was thrilled. He had only been saved a few months ago and he had not forgotten it and was grateful for what Jesus had done for Him. He had wanted to share it with everyone and he was deprived of it, because my focus was off what was most important. He had wanted to do what God’s Word says and make known with his mouth God’s faithfulness.
May I instill into my grandchildren the importance of continual praise to God
May I give praise to God continually with my mouth, open and unashamedly before others for God’s goodness. Oh that I could go back and do that day all over again, but praise the Lord I can forget what is behind, and instead learn from it.
May “The Praise Game” become a natural thing as I open my mouth and praise God letting His faithfulness be made known from generation to generation.
Psalms 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
I Posted this first on my blog here:
And here is a link to one way that you can play the praise game: