Stuff…most of us have “stuff”. Most of us have too much of it! Some of our possessions might be considered treasure, then again, perhaps another person would look upon it as junk. Maybe we have held on to an old high school jacket, or a trinket from somewhere that we have traveled. I have a coffee mug collection. I believe it could number over a hundred, but I do not know for sure because I have never counted them! I just love coffee cups and mugs of all types. There are special ones that I would never part with, and some that I could use for “every day” coffee consumption, but for some reason I choose not to part with them. Some people enjoy collecting vehicles. Paul Teutul, Sr. of Orange County Chopper fame, did a “behind the scenes” episode a few nights ago, displaying his two large garages filled with vintage and rare cars and motorcycles. Whether inexpensive or extremely valuable, most if us have “stuff”.
I am not such a huge fan of Thanksgiving, although I do enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, somewhat of a personal tradition with me. To me, Thanksgiving has become a day that is centered around being around those relatives whom you have avoided all year, eating too much food and feeling sick for days afterward, the seemingly endless football games, and the anticipation of what I call “greed day”…Black Friday. I heard on the radio of a recent study was completed that lasted three years. Research showed that it takes approximately 9 months to raise the food which is brought to the Thanksgiving table. The average person consumes that meal in less than 9 minutes. Do you know what is even more saddening? Most families do not even pray over the Thanksgiving meal! If they do, their prayer may last less than one minute.
Some scriptures which I have become very familiar with lately come to mind. They are found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which say;
“16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I have begun making my daily prayers a time of thankfulness to God for all that He has done rather than a time of asking for things. We are often so quick with our requests, yet hesitant to express thankfulness for all we have been given already. We are told in scripture to delight in the Lord and He will gladly give us the desires of our heart. Would more time spent in fellowship with the Lord, praising Him and giving Him gratitude, hurt us? He has already given us so much. He gave us His Son. What more could we want or need? We have been given the ultimate gift, salvation through Jesus Christ!
This Thanksgiving season, will you be thankful, truly grateful, for the “stuff”, or for the One who provides for you? May God richly bless you and your families tomorrow and for years to come! Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Hanukkah! Peace, and Shalom!
Last evening I was watching television when one of those Moments.org spots aired. This particular spot was called “When No One Else Would”. It was the story of Mama Spivey, a foster mother whom has claimed 68 children as her own over the years. She has photos of each child. She loves them all, no matter what their background, with “Jesus-love”.
Our Heavenly Father loves us no matter what our affliction or color, whether we are good or bad, with a love that no other can match. If we each could only learn to love in that manner! Please click the hyperlink below to see this wonderful story of a woman letting the light of Jesus shine through her!
“Often the strongest evidence of my growth in grace is my growth in the knowledge of my need for grace.”
I heard this today on KCBI, a local Dallas radio station, and it really rang true in my spirit. I have started to really understand that I cannot live this life on my own, that most things are out of my power. The more we just come to the realization that we cannot do it on our own, that God is in total control, and we need to rely fully upon Him…that is when we begin to draw closer to Him. Like the David Crowder song says, “If grace is an ocean, we are all sinking.”
2 Corinthians 12:9, in the words of the Apostle Paul, says,
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”