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Thanksgiving Thoughts

By Pastor Wayne Smith in Bethel Church of Houston 12 months ago | 1944 views Link:

Spencer, my oldest son, and I were at Walmart yesterday. It seemed the staff was a bit stressed as they were putting out the Black Friday goods and covering them up to signify they were not available to those of us who dared show up the day before Thanksgiving.

Spencer and I found the whole scene humorous as we made our way to the aisle to get an electric knife that matched the one that just died after 25 years of faithful use. The journey was arduous because so many aisles were blocked with staff unloading pallets of treasured and hard to find Walmart goods. Several times we made what we thought were lighthearted comments to staff who did not seem to appreciate it until we made it to the register.

As usual, I picked the wrong line. You know the one. It looked like the shortest line only to realize the person checking out had multiple coupons and was paying with loose change. As our time came, the young lady working the register carried the same look like the rest of the staff which failed to exude thankfulness. I decided to do my best to be a positive influence in her life even if for a few minutes. By the time, we walked away from the register; she was smiling and even said, “Have a Happy Thanksgiving.” Now, granted, my humor can be a bit quirky so she might have been smiling and thinking, “That’s one weird dude.” That’s cool. At least she was smiling.

Today is Thanksgiving. My prayer is the stress of the holidays or life, in general, will give way to a thankful heart. The Scripture is full of commands and reasons to be thankful. My guiding verse for today, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for all of you” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18). If you find it hard to be thankful in all circumstances, I agree with the Psalmist, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

Perhaps, as you choose thankfulness, it will have a positive influence on those around you. Perhaps, at the end of the day, someone will be thankful they encountered you today.

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Marianne Blackshear

Thank you, Wayne.  May God continue to bless your time with family.

Jennie Hale

Thank you

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