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Share You Story This Thanksgiving

Posted: Thursday, November 27

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Special Events Pastor

Pastor Joshua Humpa // Special Events Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Daniel 4:1-37
2 Peter 1:1-21
Psalm 119:97-112
Proverbs 28:17-18

 

Verse of the day:

Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. (Psalm 119:104)


Today is a super fun day and many of you, like me, will be gathering with friends and family for Thanksgiving. There will be football, reminiscing stories, catching up with those we haven’t seen in long time, familiar traditions, and of course more delicious food than we could ever consume in one sitting. This is my brother’s favorite holiday because we all get together and have a lot of good fun, but mostly because he gets to chow down on his favorite foods. Thanksgiving marks a sacred moment throughout America as we reflect on all of our blessings and how little we really lack. 

 

For many of us we’ll be celebrating today with friends and family who are far from God. Whether they’ve never acknowledged their need for Him, they know they need God but choose not to make that commitment, or perhaps they once had a close relationship with God but willingly walked away from it. Wherever they’re at, gatherings like today can quickly become awkward because of our world view based on Godly values. I’ve left family gatherings heartbroken because of the destructive life choices made by those I love. As today’s Psalm says, my understanding of God’s commandments have left me crushed after seeing how others have wrecked their life because they don’t know God. 

 

This Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity for you to be a light for your family and friends. As we know, God’s ways were never meant to harm us or ruin our fun. They were designed to help us live under God’s authority, bring understanding on how to live selflessly with other people, and make the most of the short time we have to earth. When a conversation arises today around the dinner table or while you’re watching one of the football games, remember that you have been given a story of what God’s done in your life that no one can take away. They can debate opinions and politics with you until you’re blue in the face, but no one can deny how God has changed your life for the better. Enjoy the time you have with your family today and make the most of it! Be conscience to thank God for all he’s done for you. And don’t be afraid to share your story.