Gratitude is a Command that’s Good for You (and Me)

Being thankful is a biblical command. And it’s good for you!

English teachers at Midland Christian School may not appreciate starting the proceeding sentence with “and,” yet that’s exactly the translation of Paul in Colossians 3:15b, “And be thankful.”

That’s short enough and easy enough for anyone – even us parents – to memorize. But it is not so easy to live, is it? That’s one reason Midland Christian School is focusing on gratitude this year.

Some of the “Statements of Gratitude” on the bulletin board by the school’s front door show how we’ve had a great start to the school year:

  • I see enthusiasm and love for school everywhere I look.
  • The students are excited to come to school.
  • There are so many parents, graciously giving time to help around school.
  • The computer lab looks so great.
  • Gracious and patience of parents.
  • Kind, family-like atmosphere.
  • Kindergarteners are delightfully precocious.
  • A school filled with JOY.
  • Kindness toward friends and new acquaintances.
  • Nice, kind teachers and fun rules.
  • Super hard-working staff and teachers.
  • Mrs. White’s laugh and smile, it’s pure awesomeness.
  • Hearing laughter of students.
  • Unity of staff.
  • Athletics still going strong!
  • Excitement and enthusiasm of teachers.
  • Parents, families, and students working together and unified.
  • I see and feel the peace of the Lord in the classrooms and halls. It’s going to be a great year.
  • Students talking about The Creation after Chapel.


We live in a culture focused on the negative. We want to encourage an attitude of gratitude at Midland Christian School that flows from students, teachers and parents. We encourage you to join us on our journey of gratitude throughout the 2017-18 academic year.

Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the spirit, sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Ephesians 5:20

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