November 24, 2016

Truly A Season For Thanksgiving

We live in a land of plenty. Think about it. Yes, there are places where people have little, but we have our freedom. Beyond even that, there is so much to be thankful for.

Are there blessings to be found in your life? Absolutely! But we may have to look deeper than normal to find them. I know this all too well as I tend to be a "glass have empty" kind of guy at times. Yet, God deserves our thanks. 

Here's a few of the reasons I choose to give God thanks:

His goodness and His great gift of sacrifice in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ- The Ultimate expression of God's love for mankind, and the only payment in full for my sin- and yours. That's no small gift!

My family- Are things always easy in my family? No. Do we always treat each other well? Absolutely not. However, at the end of the day, we are a blessing to each other. A very real extension of God's heart to each of us. Even those of us that don't have faith recognize the blessing of family. 

The real freedom we have in the United States- Especially in a Presidential Election Year. Let's celebrate this freedom! And let us celebrate those that have given their lives to keeping us free. Many love to badmouth this great country of ours, trying to bring change for the worse and trying to make us more like other more repressive governments. Our news agencies love try to increase readership by inciting trouble to sell advertising space, but at what expense do they exploit us? Be different and don't fall prey to their trap! Ours is still the best representation of freedom and peace and unity among all others. All you have to do is talk to people who came here from other places or to those who live overseas, and you will hear it for yourself.

Sharing with others less fortunate- Whether it is sharing food, faith, or in service, (how about in all three?), giving to others is a gift we also give ourselves- and it blesses our God- the One who gave it all to us to begin with.

May God bless you this Thanksgiving Day! Bless you with joy and peace and a home of love and gratefulness!

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