Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Musings ...

Yesterday was another good day. We were still without our projectors and had to use a temporary set up for music but did not do it for the message. We were nearly up to regular size for our worship band for the first time in a several weeks. There was a good energy in the room as we began worship. We were still not good in attendance but it was a little better than the past couple of weeks.

I continued the message series on "Words of Life for Relationships". The phrase this week was "Thank You". What a difference in our relationships when we live and speak thankfully. II Timothy 1:3-7 and Romans 1:21-25 were the scriptural foundation for this message.

I need to be thankful...
...because I have much to be thankful for. No matter what, no matter where, you always have much to be thankful for. What would you put on your list of things to be thankful for? I do think that sometimes we elevate some things on our thanksgiving list that shouldn't be so high on the list. For example, I believe are too often thankful for safety over obedience. My safety is not nearly as important as my obedience.
...because not to be thankful darkens my heart. Romans 1:21. To not be thankful means you are selfish. Selfishness is foolish and certainly the opposite of being wise. To not be thankful elevates self into the position of God, and that is not our place. How much do you enjoy being around selfish people.
...because of the sacrifices of others. We are where we are partially because of the sacrifices of others. Once again it is selfish to not be thankful for the sacrifices that have already been made on our behalf.
...because of the gifts God has given you.

Is this phrase common to your speech? How often do you say this to those closest to you?