Keepin’ Things Real: 3 Focus Points for ThanksgivingNovember 26, 2013
I remember years ago, while in Gatlinburg, walking into a store and staring at pictures that had a hidden picture inside the picture. The only way to see the hidden pic was to focus on one specific spot until the picture was revealed. I also remember some of our kids books that had hidden pictures throughout the photo or page. We would look all over the pages to find animals, words, shapes, you name it. Well in keeping with Thanksgiving and these two fun examples of focusing, I wanted to give 3 focus points for this thanksgiving.
First, focus on what you have and not on what you don't. Think about the blessings the Lord has given you. You might even want to make a "what I'm thankful for" list. In this great country that we live in, the freedoms and prospertiy that we have been afforded, the homes, food, clothing we have acquired- you name it - we are a blessed people. Oh, I know, our circumstances can seem dim at times, but regardless of what we may be facing, we can all give thanks for something if we focus on what we have and not what we don't.
Second, focus on others rather than yourself. This Thanksgiving, make it a point to bless someone else. Be a servant, be the last in the line to get your food, help clear the table and clean up the kitchen, give words of encouragement. If you go out to eat, leave a huge tip to the waitor and waitress serving you. Ask them how you can pray for them when you pray for your meal. Jesus said of himself, he came to serve and not be served. He said, he considered others before he considered himself. So this Thanksgiving, focus on others.
Third, focus on God's promises. Certainly this Thanksgiving for many can carry some uncertainty. I'm thinking right now of my cousins who recently lost both parents over the last few months. This will be their first thanksgiving without them. But the promise of God is that they will see them again one day. They will one day again feast at the banquet table at the wedding supper of the Lamb. Regardless of our uncertainty, circumstances or situations, God's promises never fail. So give thanks as you focus on the truth of HIS word, HIS faithfulness, HIS never-ending love, HIS constant companionship and HIS future of HOPE for you.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
Dale and Jena
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Nana On Wednesday, November 11 at 12:36 PM
I am most thankful that in our immediate family every grandchild, every son-in-law and each of our daughters has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savoir and that one day each of us will see Jesus face to face in all of His glory.