The Attitude of Gratitude
Wow, November is quickly fleeting and the holidays are upon us. As they approach, we take our already jammed schedules and find ways to add even more into them. Then we complain about being so busy, when in fact it is us that creates the schedule. This year, more than ever before, I am challenging myself, as well as you, to do the following three things:
1. Prioritize your schedule.
Even though there are activities and schedule additions that we all must put on our calendars during the holiday seasons, remember to keep the most important things first. Our time spent with our Heavenly Father should never take second place in our schedule. In Psalm 46:10 we are told, “Be still and know that I am God”. We must allow ourselves to create quality time spent with God each and every day. In Matthew 6:33 we are told to, “seek God first”. I pray that I will seek God’s heart instead of His hand.
2. Never forget to be thankful.
We are so very blessed. We are blessed as a nation, as a church, as a family, and most importantly as children of the most high God. We are truly blessed. I recently acquired a sign that now rests in my kitchen that reads, “Thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve”. I pray that my heart will be in a continual attitude of thanksgiving, not just on one day a year, but on every day of the year. Not just for “things”, but for God’s mercy and grace and for His hand on my life.
3. Be an encourager.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to, “encourage one another”. That is not limited to people we know or our family members. This means we should be an encourager to even a total stranger we may come in contact with through this journey of life. How about the worn-out sales person on “Black Friday”, or the checkout clerk in the grocery store right before a major holiday, or the person who may have lost a loved one during the year and is spending their very first holiday without them. Be attentive to opportunities God gives us daily to minister to others.
— Sandie Brewer, Assistant to Pastor of Administration