Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

As we near Thanksgiving, pastors across the nation will be preaching about the need to be thankful people. There is a reason for that. We have the tendency to make the Holiday Season another opportunity for self-indulgence and self-focus. Let’s elevate the holidays this year by resisting the temptation to eat to the brink of explosion, shop to the brink of bankruptcy, or watch TV to the brink of insanity.

This year, instead of talking about thankfulness, let’s do something different and really be thankful. And when you make your list of My Favorite Things, don’t miss the boat on giving thanks for the people God has placed in your life. 

Imagine the emptiness and purposelessness without those relationships. Relationships are a tool to shape who we are and what we are becoming. Sure, it may be easy to thank God for the things in our life — we have so much — but we should be as equally thankful for the people in our life.

So today, instead of asking “What am I thankful for?”, ask yourself, “Who am I thankful for?” Make a list of the people who have shaped your life. Give them a call. Send them a note or eMail. Thank them for influencing your soul for life. Share that list with other friends and family members. 

Another way to show gratitude is to pray for their well-being if they are still alive, or thank God for the time you had together. Be thankful for your relationships. It can revolutionize your life.

I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3

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