Know - Serve - Thank
Know, Serve and Thank for a Joy-Filled Life
In homes all across the United States this week, families, friends and neighbors will gather to enjoy time together, including the breaking of bread. Thankfully, many people are finding time to serve others who may not have the means to have a day devoted to merry making. Many will tune in to see their favorite football team hit the gridiron. Others will count down the hours until the stores open for “Black Friday” (on Thursday). There are so many things to enjoy together and to be thankful for this week!
Volumes have been written on the importance of being present, attentive, and engaged with others, but my aim today is to turn your thoughts towards God. I believe that doing all this “living” without actively abiding in Him will result in missing out on the overflowing joy and the truly abundant life that He has planned for each one of us!
To abide in Him, we must know Him… really know the one, true God. He is good! We must serve Him with gladness and a heart full of worship and love. We must always give thanks to Him – in all things – for He has a plan for us!
Try this on for size this Thanksgiving:
T – THINK – Renew your mind by immersing yourself in His Word. Don’t drift into sin – into bad choices – into a mediocre life. Think like God!
H – HORIZON – Take a long term view. Don’t settle for the quick fix, instant gratification, and short term pleasure – sacrificing more meaningful, beneficial, deeply significant life-long growth and joy.
A – APPRECIATE – Appreciate what you have! Don’t focus on the negatives.
N – NOW – BE where you are NOW. Be present! Enjoy where you are now on the journey. Be who God wants you to be today.
K – KNOW – Know what is truly important.
S – SHARE – Share what God gives you.
Psalm 100 is the ultimate song for giving thanks:
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
We can live thankfully because we know in the end we “win” because of what HE did!
We have much to be thankful for each day, but in our haste to make turkey dinner, set a beautiful table, cheer for our favorite college football team, and spend time with those we love – let’s remember to set a place in our hearts for the Creator of the universe. He has fearfully and wonderfully created you and He has given his very own life because of his love for you.
God bless you!