Thursday, November 3, 2011
November has arrived again! I would like to use this month to challenge you to be thankful. We started a thankfulness challenge last year with great success. The idea is simple, post to Facebook once a day about something you are thankful for. I was happy to see many of my Facebook friends step up with a thankfulness post on November first without being reminded and am delighted to see more of my friends posting a daily thankfulness blurb than I saw last year. Toss a thankfulness challenge out to your Facebook or Twitter friends and see if you can create your own ripple of thankfulness. I am hopeful that if we all spend a little more time reflecting on how much we have and how good we have it, that we won't buy into the spending frenzy that occurs in December.
We live an abundant life. If you live in the United States of America, even if you are struggling financially, you are more wealthy and healthy than about 60% of the world's population. However, there are people in our own country and in our own communities that are struggling to meet their day to day needs. Personally, I look around my house and I know that I could get rid of about half of the stuff that lies within these walls and never miss any of it. I hope to spend some time this month cleaning out and packing up to pass our excess on to someone who is in need.
As we look around and within us and focus on what we are thankful for this month, I would like you to take that a step further. I would like you to look outside of your circle of comfort and do something to help someone else. Pass along your abundance and your gratefulness to someone else who needs it. There are so many simple ways to help others from dropping off donated food items to cleaning out gutters for an elderly neighbor. You simply need to open your eyes and your heart to opportunities around you.
My goal is to post a weekly thankfulness post here each Thursday for Thankful Thursday along with a daily Facebook post. Please join me and encourage your friends as well. I would love to hear how you are doing as the month progresses.
We are made to live an abundant life, abundant in Christ's love, not in possessions.
Luke 12:15: Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
In His Peace-