Thursday, November 09, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know if I were to make a list of all of the various aspects of my life for which I should be grateful and give thanks, it would certainly be a very long list. Whenever we try to form such a list, we can discover a great deal concerning whom we are and what truly matters. In other words, how would I answer the question, “For what am I most thankful?” I am grateful for a savior who died for me, and a creator who sought me. I am very thankful for my wife, and for both her parents and mine. I am grateful for a church family who allows me to serve, to grow, and to challenge you to do the same. Does this mean I am not thankful for a place to live, for food to eat, and for the house where we live? Obviously, I am grateful for these things as well; however, they certainly should fall further down my list.

Jesus tells us to seek the kingdom of God first, and all the important things of life fall into their proper place. This may not mean a six-figure salary or an office on the top floor. But if we place the kingdom of God and his righteousness as our top priority, we very often find it easier to recognize the abundance of things which matter, but less.

This Thanksgiving, take some time to look at how you spend your time, money, and energy. What are your priorities? What is your ultimate concern? Where is your treasure, and your heart? What is your use of time, money, and energy saying about what’s important to you? Are you seeking the kingdom of God? This Thanksgiving, take some time to examine your priorities; to think about making adjustments if you’re not satisfied with the way things are now. Every day should be able to be a day of Thanksgiving, not just one day a year on our national holiday. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.”

Grace and peace,
James

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