We all know Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means you get to spend some time with family and friends. You’ll see family that you may not have seen all year, some of them may have made some big changes in their lives. Some of them may be celebrating a huge milestone, or some may have fallen in hard times this year. Whatever the case, you are all together for one thing: thats to give THANKS! Thanks for what you do have, and for the things you don’t; even for the things that you haven’t seen come into existence yet. Just give THANKS and all the glory to God.
I know sometimes this is hard to do, when you feel as if you haven’t accomplished much or the fact that you just lost your house, your car, or maybe even your family. However….KNOW THIS…God has a plan for YOU! Don’t get discouraged about those “So what are you up to?” questions from prying and and overbearing friends and family. Simply respond with, “walking in God’s grace,” whether your circumstance is good or bad.
In everyone’s family you get questions like… “So, who are you dating?” “When y’all getting married?” “Where are you working?” “How’s business?”…etc..etc. I’ll say it again.. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED! Remember these are the same people that take pride in their home, cars, career titles, money, relationship status, likes on Facebook, etc… These are not people worth pleasing. Granted these are your family members, but you DO NOT have to please them!
“Their land is full of idols; the people worship things they have made with their own hands. So now they will be humbled, and all will be brought low…” Isaiah 2:8-9 (NIV)
You only need to show them love, respect, and grace. The only ONE worth pleasing is your Heavenly Pops, Heavenly Father, The Lord Almighty God! Whatever you want to call Him, He is the only one in your life that matters…that you should want to please.
So please don’t feel inadequate or “less than” because you lack that new car, your own home, or that job position.
You were made in His own image, in the image of God. Is that not enough?! Will a car make you more of His child than you already are? That’s absurd. God created man from dust…DUST! So shouldn’t you…and you alone -no cars, no money, no house, etc-be enough!
“It’s better to live humbly among the poor than to live it up among the rich and famous.” Proverbs 16:19 (MSG)
The Lord is setting you up for so much more…sooo much more than those materialistic and idolistic things, that when you do receive it, the only thing you can say is….THIS HAS TO BE GOD…THIS MUST BE GOD!! GLORY TO NO ONE BUT GOD!!
So give thanks to Pops for all that He has already done, that He is doing, and that He is going to do. Because as long as you serve God and put your confidence in Him you have already accomplished much more than you think.
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