Nov. 22, 2022

Pre Thanksgiving Thoughts

 

Thanks giving, forgiving, and just plain giving - in thought, word, and deed.

 Some quick thoughts on blessing and being a blessing...


1) Pray a blessing - be generous - for those in traffic around you, even before pulling out of the driveway. Commit to extending calmness and courtesy while driving. Give thanks upon returning home safely.

2) Pray a blessing for your server - be generous - in the restaurant (or the drive through) instead of whining about the service, or being difficult, especially with the somewhat "tense" ones. Give thanks for their effort. They may be having a rough day or a difficult challenge in life. Be generous with the tip, "as unto the Lord," not cheap because you think they don't deserve it.

3) Pray a blessing on the day - be generous. Then take your ideas off the outcome of how it rolls out.

4) Bless, be generous, give thanks always.

5) Prepare to be amazed at how it effects your mood and the ability to pull through the tough spots.

Psalm 112:4
"Light dawns in the darkness for the upright--for the gracious, compassionate, and righteous."

Psalm 37:21
"The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous are gracious and giving."

Luke 6:38
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over will they put into your lap. For with that measure you measure, it will be measured again to you."

Proverbs 11:24
"One gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor."

Proverbs 11:25
"A generous soul will prosper, and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."

A different way to navigate the waters of the day! Is it always easy? No, it can be a cross! Especially if you feel cross, as might the object of your blessing. 

Keep up the good work, saints in Christ. God has been generous in mercy to you. Give as you have received. And prepare to be surprised! ... These are a few practical ways to allow the cross to have its effect on all those "natural tendencies."

Soli Deo Gloria! Amen!