"What's it all about?"
Thoughts from Pastor Scott...
We are just about to begin the holiday season. Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holidays and I can't think of a more appropriate way to begin a time of celebration. We've got turkey, football, pumpkin pie, football, pilgrims and football! What a great time of the year. Yet, do we miss what this is all about?
The season begins with Thanksgiving and ends with New Years and I can't think of a better way to book end this time of year. We go from giving thanks to God for His provision and end with a new beginning. This is how our lives should be focused. Giving thanks for all God has done puts us in a perfect frame of mind to receive the new life that He promises. Thanksgiving is really a holiday with an attitude; the attitude of gratitude. The pilgrims had been through some of the worst times imaginable and had come out of the other side and felt blessed to be where they were and to have what they had. They gave thanks because they knew of God's care and provision. Not unlike us today, we have hard times. We struggle to make it. We struggle with our situations but when we really put all things into perspective we can see that God has not left us. This is why we can give thanks to God for all we have. God wants to bless us and for us to realize how much He cares. Things are never perfect from the human side but if we look we will see that God is always faithful and does provide us with what we need. We may not always have abundance by our standards but we always have abundance by God's standards. We have plenty to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is a day given to that focus. Be thankful for what you have and don't focus on what you don't have. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to recommit yourself to the daily practice of thanking God for giving to you the best that He has; Jesus.
Let's never forget that the word holiday comes from the words holy day, which literally means a day given to accepting and receiving the blessings of God and ultimately acknowledging God as God. Let's go into this season with the attitude of gratitude and receive the blessing and benefits of a God who has given us all that really means anything; love, hope and Himself.