Be Thankful For People
Philippians 1:3, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.”
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But Thanksgiving isn’t just about eating to the brink of explosion, popping the buttons on our favorite jeans, shopping to the brink of bankruptcy, and watching television to the brink of insanity. Thanksgiving for a person who loves God can be so much more! This Thanksgiving, I challenge us all to take the focus off ourselves and thank God for who He is, how He loves us and all He does for us.
I’ve discovered that in my life- I sometimes miss a crucial element in the process- of being a thankful follower of Jesus. I found that over the years I have been mostly thankful for the THINGS in my life: for food, finances, the houses I have lived in, the clothes I have worn, and so on. While we should be thankful for these things, I have missed the boat on giving thanks for the biggest blessings of God in my life: PEOPLE. Consider how empty, purposeless, and meaningless our lives would be without relationships. Relationships have shaped who we are and who we are becoming. Without exception, everyone I know has been positively influenced by another person. While it’s easy to thank God for the THINGS in our lives, we should remember to be equally thankful for the PEOPLE God has placed in our lives as well!
Let me give you just one example: I am thankful for my wife, Julie. She loves me unconditionally. Her constant love for Jesus, encouragement and love infects my soul. I thank God for her! How about you? Who do you thank God for? This Thanksgiving, take a few moments and thank God for the relationships in your life. Truthfully, it can revolutionize your life.
ONE LAST CHALLENGE: Be the type of Jesus follower that others will be thankful for. Shine your light, reach the lost, and love the unlovable! Be a person who shapes who others are and who they are becoming in Jesus.
1. Make a list this Thanksgiving of the people who have shaped your life. Share them with your friends and family. Take a walk down “memory lane” and think through the many relationships that have been important to you.
2. How easy is it to just thank God for things in your life? How can you live a lifestyle of thankfulness more consistently?
FURTHER READING: Psalm 150; Philemon
Pastor Doug and Julie
Sunday, Nov 5- Time Change, Message: End Times, UFOS, Aliens And gods Part #2
Men's Bowling Party
Monday, Nov 6- Men’s Bowling Party, 6:30pm Sunset Lanes in Ontario
SWAG Women's Group
Tuesday, Nov 7– SWAG, 6:00pm
Wednesday, Nov 8– Support Group, 6:30pm
Senior Adult Lunch
Friday, Nov 10- SA Lunch, Romios, 11:30am
Message Series Part 3 and Class 201
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SWAG Women's Group
Tuesday, Nov 14- SWAG, Bible Study, 6:00pm
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Isaiah 54:2-3, “Enlarge your house of worship; build an addition…and spare no expense! Soon you will be bursting at the seams.” NLCT
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