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Thankfulness

11.09.17 | Michael's Corner | by Michael Ten Eyck

    There are many things on social media that I do not care for, but one that I have quite appreciated is the countdown to Thanksgiving.  It is a November challenge that has nothing to do with shaving, but rather a daily acknowledgement of something for which you are truly grateful.  

    Let’s face it, we are inundated with negativity as a society. It is amazing how quickly news of an unfavorable event spreads, while the positive often gets overlooked or even ignored.  That is why I love this time of year and this simple exercise leading up to Thanksgiving.  

    With that in mind, I am putting forth this challenge to all of our church family.  Let’s make Thanksgiving a season, not merely a single day.  I challenge you to take a moment each day of the rest of the month of November to acknowledge and give thanks for a specific blessing.

    Tell someone that you are thankful for their place in your life.  Draw attention to the unnoticed actions of those around you that make your life a little bit better.  Share appreciation with our civil servants for the services they provide.  Look to bless rather than criticize. I am fairly confident that doing so will actually make your season markedly better.  

    In addition to expressing your thanks to one another, let’s be ever mindful to express our sincere thanks to God for His abundant blessings.  They are all around us but often we are in such a rush that we allow them to pass us by unnoticed.  

    I am convinced that time giving thanks is time well spent.  

    Let me start off with acknowledging how thankful I am for my wonderful Church Family. I believe that nothing is too great for us when we commit ourselves to pursuing a goal.  I was blessed to see such great attendance at our congregational (or as David says, “congressional”) meeting Sunday.  I love that even when we have diverse perspectives or solutions on issues that we are respectful and loving towards one another.  This is a sign of growth and maturity.  

    Eph 4:25-5:2  Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
    5  Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  ESV

    Let’s make this a season of thankfulness!  

    Loving you all,
    Michael