Friday, November 22, 2013


The big “thing” or fad on Facebook right now is the challenge for every day in November to write something you are grateful for.  If you all remember I challenged you to do this for the 40 days after Easter leading up to Pentecost.  And the interesting thing is that most of these posts are very general, in fact if I was to categorize them I would say they are: list of people, usually spouses or children; extended family; weather; money; jobs; you get the picture.
I have been challenging us on Sundays to share an grateful or giving moment we experienced in that week that showed God moving in our lives. I could give up on this, but I shall not…for I believe you are all experiences God.
The realization I have come to is that we are not doing enough self-examining.  As a society and as individual we are so caught up in our busy lives – in our technology that keeps us connected, in the mindless television that doesn’t miss an hour and in our 9-5 jobs.  We have completely forgotten how to really look at our lives and not only examine but see where there is room for thankful hearts.  We also in this world of connectedness get ourselves lost in the mindset of: “well mind isn’t important” 
BUT you are important! As is your story!  As is where God has helped you!  These things all matter.  No matter how “insignificant” your experience may feel, it not only matters to God but it could mean the WORLD to someone else.
On Facebook this week I also read this, it didn’t have to do with the November days of thanksgiving, but was instead a true story of blessing and encouragement.  A friend ran out of gas getting off an exit.  He knew he was low but was running on fumes “in order to get to a cheaper gas station” He thought he had enough but he was wrong.  It was kind-of cold as he began his walk to the gas station.  He wasn’t 5 feet in front of his car when someone pulled over and offered him a ride.  On the ride to the gas station he found out that this person was a traveling pharmaceutical sales person and was on his way to his next appointment, right across from the gas station.  After he filled the gas tank the young sales person drove him back to his car.  On the ride back, he found out that he was adopted through Catholic Family Services when he was a young kid and it was this family that helped him overcome some pretty tough challenges. 
God is a glorious God.  This friend has adopted several children and several who struggle each day.  His hope is that he is impacting their lives.  He also was very thankful to have had a ride instead of having to make that walk. 
His story is profound, his story is impacting other’s lives and I’m thankful that he shared it.  He could have shared he was thankful for strangers but instead he shared this beautiful story.  He could have decided that this story wasn’t very significant because really it only showed his own foolishness in running out of gas, but instead he let the voice in the story be heard.
Let your own voice be heard.  Examine your day and be thankful – be proud of your thanksgiving – that God does amazing and glorious things in our lives.