As God's dearly loved children, we have the opportunity to live our life in an attitude of praise, reflecting daily on who God is and what He has done. November brings us to the Festival of the Harvest, or as we fondly know it, Thanksgiving. For the Christian this should really be a daily attitude, for God has blessed us, and we are called to be a blessing to others. We have received the Gospel of Jesus which grants us forgiveness and life, a free gift! So we "Gotta tell Somebody!", don't we?
As a kid my parents would always remind me that it was loving to SHARE! If there was plenty for me, and others had the desire for some, I ought to share. Sometimes I didn't really feel like sharing, so I didn't .... always! But sometimes I did!
When I think of the word “sharing,” I think of Jesus with the biggest smile, surrounded by a hungry crowd, as He lifted the bread towards heaven and broke it. The miracle happens in the sharing. The disciples rejoiced because the more they shared, the more they received. In fact, with those few loaves of bread, they had to pick up baskets of the leftovers.
Thanksgiving for the Christian is more than just another holiday and there’s no better time to set a precedence of gratitude towards God than during this special season. There are lots of ways to celebrate the goodness of God and His many blessings. Our RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) should give us opportunity. I hope you will SHARE with us how God used you to be a blessing to someone.
In I Thessalonians we are commanded “in everything give thanks”—in everything! It’s a requirement, but also a privilege and it shifts our focus from our problems to His great grace! In another passage, we are told to present all of our requests to God with a heart of thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). Part of the discipline involved in being thankful is to realize the goodness of God and his everlasting love toward us (Psalm 107:1 ); that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17 ); and that when thankfulness is combined with prayer and supplication it is a cure for anxiety and conduit of peace (Philippians 4:6).
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 is an encouragement to be generous out of the many blessings we have received. "Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." There are numerous practical ways to share from the abundance, not “reluctantly or under compulsion” but with joy!
This November: Thank a VET, and pray for Peace; Thank others for their love, and Bless others. Share your ideas and stories with us that we be encouraged. AND THANK GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. He LOVES YOU!!!
GLYSDI .... PB