There are many paths to walk, but only one right one. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” (John 14:6, NKJV). Even when the way seems dim, follow His footsteps and we will travel on the pathway that leads to life.
Yes, I know. Trust me, I know. It is too easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget to stay focused on the real meaning behind them.
After all, I am expected to have an immaculate house, be able to put a five-star feast on the table, look happy even though I have been up half the night, and on, and on, and on. I FEEL YOU! In this area, we all do our very best to make the holidays most enjoyable for everyone involved. We primp, we cook, and we do what we have to do to pull it all off.
Can I tell you, Thanksgiving is a day not like another? Its whole focus rests on a God who keeps His promises. God has promised that every need we have will be supplied. He declares in His Word that with Him there is no want. The fact that we are here to see another Thanksgiving is celebration enough. Not only are we here, but we are here because He has provided the way. He has orchestrated our lives so well, that we ended up right where He intended – to see this day; to celebrate this day; to enjoy love and fellowship this day. We have this day!
Let us not lose that focus. I know it’s easy to follow mainstream society and just look at this day as a football/feasting day as we put together our lists of stores we want to hit afterward to rack up the Black Friday deals.
It is so much more!
Think now, as you read this, just from the time that you have opened your eyes this morning, are you able to even begin to count all the blessings He has done for you?
When you think of every breath you have inhaled and exhaled; every morsel of food you have placed in your mouth; every sickness or disease He has kept you from or brought you through or is currently bringing you through . . .
When you think about every bit of warmth that wraps around you as you lay cozy in bed at night . . .
When you think about every blessing – period; do we (me included) really want to short change God? Do we want to leave Him out of a day that was proclaimed to praise Him for all that He has done for us?
No, we don’t!
In your celebrating don’t leave out the main reason for celebrating: God; for this isn’t just a normal day. It’s a day of giving thanks to the One who only truly deserves it.
Don’t let mister gobble gobble or all the festivities take over this wonderful day. Enjoy this day. Enjoy your family and friends. Even, enjoy your feast and such. But, more importantly – enjoy your God because He is enjoying you. After all, He is our reason for thanks.
Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!
Psalm 75:1, “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks: for that thy
name is near thy wondrous works declare.”
I don’t know exactly what this day will bring, but Lord I thank You. I am just so grateful that You chose to wake me up this morning and to start me on my way. I am grateful that You still potential and possibilities deep inside of me. I thank You that You are thinking about me and have the very hairs of my head counted. I thank You that my worth is not found in what others think, but in the fact that You value me enough to bless me and see me through all the ups and downs of this life, in Jesus’s name Amen!
I feel honored, privileged and blessed by each and every one of you, my readers. Week after week, you guys stop by and delve deeper into God’s Word with me. I am humbly and honestly touched!
I am so very thankful for all of you and I just want to say,
“You Guys Are Great!”
Please note: Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Sunday School lesson posted for this upcoming week: November 29, 2015.
The city I live has been declared as one of the cities with some of the rudest drivers. I’d have to admit that this is very true. Riding home the highway the other day I let a driver pass in front of me. The driver proceeded and then drove on as if no one had done anything for them. No hand gesture of thanks, a nod or anything.
This isn’t the first time this has occurred (and this isn’t the only act of rudeness shown, hence how we got the title of a rude city for drivers). It seems that common courtesy is a lost art among many today. A simple thank you goes a long way (not that’s our purpose for doing things for people). It shows that one appreciate even the simplest act of kindness one is shown. I believe if it is expressed more often our world would be a better place to live.
Why is so hard to show one’s thankfulness over anything in life? I have always believed that no one HAS to do anything for you and if they do, then one should express it with a heart of gratitude.
With this in mind my heart focused on Jesus and the time when He healed the ten lepers:
“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ So when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and feel down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?’” (Luke 17:11-18, NKJV)
A miracle had been done for the ten; something that seemed impossible was made possible through our Lord Jesus Christ. Their direful situation was healed and now, because of His blessings over their lives, they could resume normal societal activities and functions, for now they were made whole again.
Yet, only one seemed to appreciate it enough to say, “Thank you.” How sad is that. In their desperateness they cried out for mercy and our Lord being the compassionate Savior He is, rescued them and showed the mercy they humbly sought. But, after their healing that humility seemed to have quickly faded as they went forth in life as if no one had done anything for them.
There is a great danger in forgetting to be thankful, especially when it comes to recognizing the great work that God has done in our lives. Jesus appeared a little shocked that only one recognized the marvelous thing that was just done for them, recognizing it enough to show appreciation anyway.
When one fails to appreciate what is done for them they of themselves can begin to get prideful. Simply refusing to acknowledge that there was outside help to raise them out of a situation can make one think they have delivered themselves of their own accord and power. Being thankful means being grounded. It is recognizing that we don’t have it all together as we think we do and we need the assistance of another to help along the way.
Jesus didn’t have to stop and help them, but He did. The human side of me wants to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe they were too excited that they forgot to come back and say thank you. But, I can’t because even if that were the case, Jesus explicitly pointed out their refusal to come back with an attitude of gratitude. To Jesus, there was no excuse or it would not have been recorded in the Bible this way.
Twice in Colossians 3 we are commanded to be thankful. Verse 15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful,” (emphasis mine, NKJV). Also, verse 17 commands, “And what you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him,” (emphasis mine, NKJV).
1 Thessalonians 5:18 makes it super easy for everyone to understand if they should ever wonder if the situation calls for being thankful. It says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” (NKJV).
How much kinder would the world be if we were all a little more appreciative to all that has been done for us? How much would God love to hear from you and I a simple, “Thank you,” throughout the day, showing Him our appreciation for the events He has covered us in our lives by His sovereignty?
God is so gracious to us; let us not take Him for granted. We may slight our fellow man once in a while (which we also need to continually watch out for and learn to do better), but don’t slight God. Give Him His due. Is it really that hard to simply stop during the busyness of our day and say, “Thank you?” Does it really cause us that much extra work to simply acknowledge what has been done for you and me with an attitude of gratitude?
What ever happened to thank you? Each of us can make an impact on our society by ushering in kindness many have seemed to have forgotten. Let us bring politeness back as being popular and do away with rudeness. Most importantly, let us NEVER forget or take for granted what God has done for us. “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness,” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NKJV).
When the leper’s cried out for mercy, Jesus thought about them and healed them. God bless us with new mercy every single day. Let’s not forget to thank Him for that and live a life that is appreciative of all that He has done for us.
Having a bad day? Here’s an eye-opening perspective on our “bad days.”
Man: God, can I ask You a question?
Man: Promise You won’t get mad …
God: I promise
Man: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do u mean?
Man: Well, I woke up late
Man: My car took forever to start
Man: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait
Man: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call
God: All right
Man: And on top of it all, when I got home I just wanted to soak my
feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing
went right today! Why did You do that?
God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had
to send one…
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“There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat,” Matthew 26:7
Each of us possesses the precious. Each of us has within our being an ointment of appreciation to our Lord. Each of us carries the sense that without Him we are nothing, therefore, what I do have I pour out for Him.
Much of our culture is self-seeking. But God is asking for flags of surrender to be waved for service. That we give up and pour out all for Him. That we show the world a thing or two about true love; true appreciation to a Savior who poured out all for us.
Do I mean empty your bank accounts? That’s not what I am speaking of here. I’m talking about service. Good examples of selfless service are hard to find in our age. The way for many to see something beautiful in Christian service is blocked by the hoarding of blessings to oneself. The gain for self has dimmed a light that once so richly shone. Self has taken place on a pedestal that it was not meant to mount.
Jesus calls us to the service of this woman who gave up her best to bless. When was the last time we gave up our best to bless others? When was the last time we put our wants and desires on the back burner and put the thoughts and cares of others in the forefront?
Despite scathing ridicule, the woman unashamedly approached Jesus with her expensive, yet still, inadequate gift. You see, for all He did for us, no gift can repay. The costliest of earthly possessions and service can’t scratch the surface of reward for what He accomplished on the cross. Yet, we are compelled to press forth and give our best.
“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works…” (Titus 2:7, KJV). It’s time for a new pattern to be laid. The foundation of self must dissipate, and new groundwork needs to be founded on who He is in our lives and all that He has already done. It’s time to show the world a different lifestyle. A life built on pouring out.
When we pour out for Jesus, the preciousness within us becomes evident. Man can then see the good that was once hidden. He can see the difference that was once disguised. When we release the precious that is in us we become vessels that honor the Lord; for it was on the cross when He poured out the precious for us.
The world needs a visual aid. When they see us break the box and release the preciousness of good works inside, they will “glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16, KJV).
“That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life,” (1 Timothy 6:18-19, KJV)
Look for a way to bless others today and to pour out into their lives. God bless you 🙂
May God’s blessings be poured out on you richly today! 🙌🙌🙌