The season of Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. Obviously, as Christians, we should learn to make gratitude a year round attitude. The Spirit of gratitude can help determine your attitude toward life.
Paul gives us some insight into the gratitude life in I Thess. 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Think about what Paul is saying. When we are a joyful, praying Christian, we are going to tend to be thankful in all situations of life!
I want us to focus on the phrase in vs. 18, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” John Maxwell said, “The instant we are born, we already owe someone for nine months of room and board...and we never really pay that debt.” This quote reminds us that we all carry a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid but can be passed on to others.
Two men were talking about a mutual friend. One was very critical. The other said, “I am surprised to hear you say that. It was my impression that he had done many nice things for you.” Replied the other, “Yes, but he has not done anything lately.”
Could this be the way we are with God? We are always thankful when God answers the prayer, meets the needs, or provides what we need.
Thanksgiving reminds us that we need to be thankful at all times, for all things. The Psalmist says “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good” (Ps. 106:1). Too many times we are like the man who prayed that God would send him one hundred dollars. A Baptist deacon heard about the man’s need. At the next meeting of the deacons he related his concern and the man’s prayer. He suggested that they honor the man’s expression of faith by taking up an offering for him. They receive seventy-five dollars and delivered it to the man. Later the man prayed again for God to send him one hundred dollars. Then he added to his prayer, “Lord, if you don’t mind, this time please send it through the Methodists. Last time those Baptist deacons kept twenty-five percent.”
Robert Louis Stevenson said, “The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.”
There is a legend of a man who found the barn where Satan kept his seeds ready to be sown in the human heart. The seeds of discouragement were more numerous than any others and could be made to grow almost anywhere. When Satan was questioned by the man, he reluctantly admitted that there was one place where the seeds would not thrive. “And where is that?”, asked the man. Satan replied sadly, “In the heart of a grateful person.”
Do you have the heart of a grateful person? When we translate thanksgiving into thanks-living, we give thanks in all times, in all seasons, for all things. The Psalmist said, “I will bless the Lord at all times.” That means good days as well as bad.
As I have gotten older, I believe I have become evermore thankful! I have learned not to take life for granted. Mandy and I are thankful for family, friends, and a wonderful place to serve the Lord here at Rosemont!
It has well been said that a thankful heart enjoys the blessing twice—when it receives the blessing and when it remembers the blessing. This is the attitude of gratitude—in everything give thanks!
See you Sunday,
It’s already November. The year 2017 is almost over. But even though this year’s days are winding down, we still have a lot of fun stuff coming up! The last two months of the year are always fun in youth group!
I want to thank all of you for your prayers while our mission team served in Santa Fe, Texas with Samaritan’s Purse. We took a team of seven adults and one youth. We served in an area that was hit heavily by Hurricane Harvey. We stripped moldy drywall, ripped up floors, tarped roofs, cleared out A LOT of trash and debris, tore out cabinets and other furniture with severe water damage, and had to dodge thousands of roaches. But it truly was an amazing, life-changing trip.
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Dates to Remember:
Music & Worship Ministry
Our church-wide Gospel Sing will be in a few weeks on Sunday, November 12, 5:30 p.m. I am sure you are going to hear one of your favorite songs at our Gospel Sing! It’s going to be a fun night of singing for everyone so come out and hear some good-ole-gospel music! Refreshments will be served afterwards.
The Rosemont Chorale is working hard on a very special Christmas musical that we will present on Sunday, December 10, 5:30 p.m. We hope you will be able to attend this great night of Christmas music and worship!
The Children’s Choir will present their Christmas musical & drama on Sunday, November 26, 5:30 p.m. You don’t want to miss our special sheep and shepherds in this musical presentation!
Children & Families Ministry
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Fall Festival a wonderful community outreach event and a fun time for kids and their families. Thanks to those who worked at one of the booths, for those who helped with set-up and tear-down, and for those who brought food, candy, and drinks. It takes a lot of people working together to provide an important event like this for our church and community. Thank you for being here and helping out!
Our Children’s Choir is working on their Christmas musical/drama, Shepherds, Sheep, and a Savior, which they will present on November 26, 5:30 p.m. They will present this musical on the night of our “Hanging of the Greens” service. This will be a special night for our church family as we prepare to celebrate the Christmas season. Invite others to come with you!