God, thanks for everything….
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17
“Do everything in the name of the Lord, giving thanks” v.17. Christians, those forgiven, redeemed, restored, and saved by love and grace of God through Jesus Christ are to be the most thankful people on earth. We are to be people a people infused with the “Attitude of Gratitude!” Christians should be known to everyone: co-workers, classmates, neighbors, friends, family, as a thankful people full of gratitude towards God and others. Are you? Are you known as one who is joyful and full of gratitude and encouragement of others or as one who complains allot and “difficult” to be around?
Today is the day we centered around Thanksgiving and reminding and re-centering our life around gratitude. “Thanks-giving” is a verb. It requires the intentional action of the giving of thanks. To God first, and as importantly to others
I am typing this blog in the breakfast area of the lobby of the hotel in Cleveland, Ohio my family are staying in. We came up here to visit my parents and family for Thanksgiving. I came down here because my wife and daughters are sleeping in in our room. When I came into the lobby and walked to the large coffee thermos for coffee, I was greeted with a “Good morning” from the hotel employee who was wiping down the tables and bring food to the buffet bar. She did not get to sleep in today nor did the people behind the hotel registration desk. I was at the Waffle House earlier in the week and I asked a waitress, "What are you doing for Thanksgiving?" She said, "Working." I am working 7:00am-2:00pm, then I have to come back in and work 9:00pm-7:00am. I have to come back and work Black Friday as well." For many single moms, students, those living paycheck to paycheck and others who work in the restaurant industry, Thanksgiving and Black Friday will be time away from family working. Stopping by your local WH, IHOP, or other restaurant with a couple to go plates of food, a few slices of pie or cake, or a plate of cookies to snack on during breaks would mean so much to them and make them "thankful" for you.
My family, I want to thank everyone of you for even the smallest act of love, encouragement, support and friendship you have ever shown me. I am so gracious of even the shortest span of time I was invited into your life to share a moment. I thank you for any prayers directed towards me and times we have prayed, worshipped, and read Scripture together. I thank you for the gift you are to my life all in and through the grace of God and Christ Jesus. And though I end every blog] posts of mine with the same five words, this morning they are even more from my heart, God bless you my friends!!!
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