During this time of year we become reflective; thinking on the past 11 months and a year that is quickly coming to an end. I’m grateful that the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving. I hope you each had a joyous time with your family and friends.
1 Chronicles 16:34 reminds us “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever”.
Thankfulness is an adjective; it is a feeling or expression of gratitude; appreciative. During this season we should show our appreciation not only to God but to our friends, family, coworkers EVERYONE. Showing appreciation is a gift that keeps on giving. Maya Angelou once said “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Before we rip off the wrapping paper or untie the bow at Christmas or Kwanza lets be thankful.
T – Thankfulness begins with simple acts and realizations, I am thankful for the following
H – Health, Happiness and Hope
A – A.C.T.S. Adoration. Confession. Thanksgiving. Supplication
N – Never giving up
K – Kindness and Kinship
F – Family, Friends and Fruits of the Spirit
U – Unconditional Love
L – Laughter and life
2015 for some has been a year of triumphs and for others a year of tribulation but as the scripture says in 1st Thessalonians 5:18 NLV “Be Thankful in ALL circumstances, because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.
Don’t allow disappointments or even achievements cause you to stop showing your gratitude to a great God. This holiday season reflect on all that you have accomplished and all that you are looking forward to in 2016 and P.R.E.P. Prepare Responsibly to Excel and Prosper (Thanks Arch Bishop Designate Robert J. Rochford) …. The swiftest person does not always win the race, nor the strongest man the battle… Ecclesiastes 9:11