As we near the end of 2022, we are entering the “Season of Thanks Living.” What is Thanks Living you ask? Simply, it begins with a personal inventory where blessings are counted and realized. It is from those blessings, our gratefulness flows as we share our blessings with others. Typically, the season of Thanks Living begins with Thanksgiving and extends all the way to the end of the year. During the month of November our focus shifts to that which we are thankful for: family, friends, blessings from God, etc. Originally, it all began during this season of harvest, after a summer of heavenly blessings of sunshine and rain, with farmers engaging in a moment of reflection followed by offering thanks to God for the blessing of a successful harvest. This thanksgiving meal is the prelude to the coming of a long winter after a summer of great labor. Although few of us are farmers, we too have the ability to count our blessings as we sup with family and friends. Traditionally, it has also become a time where we share our physical blessings with those who are less fortunate. This carries us into Christmas, the season where we give and exchange gifts with family, friends, co-workers, etc. This too is a time when we extend our hearts to those who are less fortunate through financial donations, gifts or other means.
As you make your plans during this season, I appeal to you to consider the needs and work of the kingdom of God. There is much we can do, but we are limited by our financial reach. If we all do our very best, I am confident we will have more than enough to accomplish our goals in reaching the lost in winning souls for Jesus. Remember the 5,000 were fed with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread, and that is all God is asking of you. Not a great amount beyond your ability, but just that which He has purposed to bless the kingdom. As you take inventory of your life, and the blessings of God, don’t forget to include the kingdom. I assure you your generosity will not only bless others but will also grow your faith as you put more of your trust in God. Just remember that God is able, and he works through the hearts of men and women like us. Blessings to all as we enter this wonderful season of giving!