Thursday, November 25, 2010

Daily Devotional Help

If you find it hard to set aside time to reflect on your relationship with God, perhaps I can help. For several years now, I have been sending out daily devotional thoughts I have gleaned from my devotional life over the internet. I call them, Gems from Pastor Jim. I try to send them out daily. I have now also posted them on my webpage:
I invite you to log on to my site and check them out. I don't want to encourage you to turn to them in place of your personal reading of the Scriptures. It is imperative for a healthy soul that you are into God's Word on a consistent basis for meditation and application. However, I know that there are times in which you will not be into the Word. When those times come, drop in anytime and see what the Lord may have to say to you for that day. Just click on the Gems link.

Why Thanksgiving?

Like so many things we do, Thanksgiving has lost a lot of its luster. It has become something entirely different than what it was when it was created. Two things seem to capture much of our way of celebrating Thanksgiving: too much food and too much football. We get together with family and friends and catch up on things we have missed in each other's lives because we are too busy to stay in touch or close.
For many of us, we give thanks to a God we don't recognize or know. It is something we instinctively know we should do, therefore thanks is given. We often give thanks with little sincere appreciation for how truly blessed we are. There is little awareness of those who won't have family, friends, or even food to eat today.
Thanksgiving Day is a good day. It should be a day in which we remember our blessings and God who gives them. We should remember that we don't deserve to have the lives we have. We did nothing to be born and to have the opportunities in live we have. We who know how to love and what it is like to be loved did nothing to earn it. We who know what it means to live in a relationship with God don't deserve such knowledge or opportunity in life.
Thanksgiving Day is a good day, but greater still is thanks living. Every day should be a day of thanksgiving as we live out our lives with gratitude to God for the blessings we do not deserve.