Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Opportunities for Service – November/December 2010

Pastor Surbaugh always reminds us that “a thinking person will be a thankful person.”  As we look back on all that God has done for us just in the past year, we truly should be thankful. 

I challenge my family and my Sunday school class to make a list of 100 things that they are thankful for each year during the month of November.  I encourage you to practice this thanksgiving exercise as well.  In just the past twelve months, God has answered prayers, provided for our needs, and worked miracles in our lives. 

Take time during the month of November to acknowledge His goodness in your life.  Do not let the thanksgiving holiday be just a day of feasting, but let it be a joyful celebration of God’s goodness and provision in our lives. 

As we acknowledge the goodness of God in our own lives, it is important to remember that “to whom much is given, much is required.”   We want to be faithful stewards of all that God has blessed us with. 

As you finish giving God thanks for all that He has done, look for ways that you can demonstrate the goodness of God to others during the Christmas season.  This can be a wonderful time of the year, but for many it is a difficult season. 

Look for those around you who may be in need of encouragement during the holidays.  Ask God to give you a proper perspective on the real significance of Christmas, and not be conformed to the world’s view of Christmas.  This is one of the best opportunities to demonstrate the love of God to neighbors and friends. 

Take advantage of every opportunity to share your faith during the holiday season.

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