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Not what we say about our blessings

but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

W. T. Purkiser

The message today is short and sweet: ’tis the season to be giving.

We’ve been talking a lot lately about being thankful in preparation for Thanksgiving but we also want to focus on the other great part of the holiday: giving.  It’s that time of year again, the Salvation Army bell ringers and canned food drives are in full swing, and it’s time to get in the spirit of giving.  Here’s what’s been on my mind as we approach Thanksgiving.

Remember a few weeks ago when I needed to replace my floors?  Well, as my husband and I were moving things around to get ready for the renovations, we realized that, not only do we have a lot to be grateful for, we have a lot to give.  We found things we haven’t touched since we move in over a year ago, and I’m sure many of you can relate.  We think to ourselves I might need this someday, when in reality it’s just going to sit in storage until we eventually sort through it or forget about it entirely.  It’s not that we are constantly mindful of how much the Lord has blessed us, but sometimes it helps to check ourselves and ask Could someone else use this more than me?  What we’ve decided to do as we put our rooms back together over the next few weeks is gather everything we don’t use or need, and donate it.  Simple as that.

So consider this our Thanksgiving challenge: whether you’re donating clothes, blankets, and coats or volunteering your time at a soup kitchen, what better time than the holidays to share whatever we may have in abundance?  So, as we’re taking inventory of all we have to be thankful for this year, let’s also take stock of all we have to give, because being blessed with time, talents, and treasures enough to share with other is certainly something to be thankful for.

Happy giving!