By Jerome Baker
I graduated in from high school in the 90’s, and every time I see a young man sport a high top fade like its something brand new, I think to myself, “They really don’t know, but that’s old school!” When you think about it, there are a number of things that we use to do that have come back in style now. A the same time, there are somethings we use to do you just don’t see it practiced anymore. Not that we had it all together, but some things that grandma n `em taught us seem to be old fashion now-a-days.
But that’s why God really wanted the older generation to teach the younger generation a few things that should never go out of style (Titus 1-2). One old school trait that should be passed on to today’s youth is being thankful. “Count ya blessings!”, granny use to say. With that in mind, here are some old school ways young people can demonstrate thankfulness in our techno savvy world.
1. Don’t burn your bridges.
This simply means don’t forget about the people that helped you advance in life. Always be thankful for those that helped get you where you are today. In Genesis 40, Joseph helped a butler get out of jail. All Joseph asked was that when he gets out that he mention him to Pharaoh so he could get him out of jail also. What do you think happened? The Bible says, in Genesis 40:23, Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. The butler was not that thankful for what Joseph did for him, he burned his bridge and left him there for two more years (Gen. 41:1…that’s real shabby!). Be thankful for your parents, friends, church leaders, and teachers that help get you to where you want to be in life.
2. Send a letter by mail.
This is really old school! My mother always taught me to say thank you and send a thank you letter to people that really bless you. To this day I still practice this. It’s nothing like taking a few moments to write a letter to someone to show your appreciation for what they have done for you. Sending a text and email is cool, but writing a letter, getting some postage, and mailing it shows your sincerity and gratefulness. Try it, it is very effective.
3. Bless those that bless you.
Most people are happy to receive, but Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). Show your thankfulness by blessing someone that blessed you. Buy someone lunch. Pay for their movie ticket. Give them an envelope with some money in it. There was a whorish woman in Scripture that was so thankful to Jesus for forgiving her of her sins, she demonstrated her thanks in a way that Jesus own disciples didn’t do. She anointed Jesus’s feet with very expense perfumed oil, then washed His feet with her hair and her tears (Luke 7:36-48). Be thankful and try to bless those that bless you in some way or another.
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© Copyright 2014 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor of A Place of Refuge Church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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