Philippians’ 1: 3 (MSG) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making a request with joy.
As the Thanksgiving Holiday draws near I am reminded of all the things that I have to be thankful for.
I have a loving, relational God who cared enough about me to send His own Son to die for me so I could live with the Lord eternally.
God has blessed me with a beautiful wife, both inside and out, who loves me and supports me.
How about you? Don’t look for perfection, just look for the best possible aspects of your loved ones.
It’s time to connect the dots in your life and see how things work together.
The Lord has given me a wonderful family even with our challenges, and a few wonderful friends that I can count on day and night to be there for me.
And I have a special job, where I can take what I used to struggle with and turn it around to help others struggling with the same thing.
I am grateful and starting to connect the dots in my life, how about you?
And yet I also realized that I don’t take nearly as much time as I should to thank God for all of His wonderful provisions for me.
Often, I take them for granted, as if I deserve them as if they were owed to me. How about you? Who do you need to let know they are appreciated?
Be careful when you feel you are entitled to the amazing things happening in your life.
And I guess you and I would be thankful unless we thought we were entitled, and secondly unless we forgot that we’ve received.
Maybe you have forgotten that you’ve received. You look at your life, and you begin to think about all the things that I’ve obtained.
And you look around at the stuff that you have, all the things that you’ve acquired. You actually think it’s because of the hard work that you received those things, rather than the generosity of God.
And you forget that in order for you to do all that hard work, you have to have the energy.
For you to have the energy, you must have a heart pumping blood through your system, and air coming in and out of your lungs.
And God doesn’t owe you the next one either. You’ve forgotten something fundamental to the child of God.
So, you recognize that to walk around and see people who have so much and they’re not grateful, you don’t expect that.
The expected response in view of the generosity of God is that we are thankful. And so, if you are complaining, you need to take this first level to heart and say, God, replace that complaining with gratitude.
Point to ponder
I received a letter from my big sister Angela three years ago and just found it again, it let me know how she appreciated me, and our relationship as her baby brother.
Today’s message was inspired by her connecting with me in more than I can say in today’s message! Look for the good qualities of those in your life today, share those qualities with them, and thank them for being in your life.
And thank the Lord for them, and all the things God has given you. It could turn out to be the best Holiday season you’ve had in a long time!
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