For What It’s Worth,
Consider Counting Your Blessings



By E. J. Bradshaw

The Psalmist sang, “Let us come before His presence with Thanksgiving.” Psalm 95:2; and “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto your name, O Most High.” Psalm 92:1. In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul commanded Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to express our joy to the Lord and to each other. Ephesians 5:18-19; and to “give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Verse 20. He commanded the Philippians “Rejoice in the Lord always---and, don’t be over anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:4-6. Even as we are asking for God’s blessings, we need to thank Him for everything.

I must confess that for me, sometimes it has been difficult to “thank God” for some of the things that I have experienced. Cancer for instance, but in those experiences, I have found many blessings for which to be grateful. Thru these experiences, God has taught me many things that continue to bring joy to my life.

Every day should be a day of thanksgiving because every day is filled with blessings from God! We need to remember that “every good and perfect gift comes from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17.

Thanksgiving should be more than verbal expression. To our words of thanks we should add thanks living. How we live and what we do will always speak much louder than anything we can ever say. Living for God by serving our neighbors confirms the validity of our testimony; and so, we need to express our thanks by giving.

We are entering the holiday season which was originally set aside to express thanks to God and to celebrate the Birth of Jesus. The secular world has commercialized the observances and turned that which was holy into a time of gluttony, drunkenness, and revelry. The push is to take “Christ” out of Christmas and turn Thanksgiving into Turkey Day and football. Paul described the Last Days by saying that people will be unthankful and lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. II Timothy 3:1-5.

For those of you who really want to thank and honor God, please let those charitable inclinations reach beyond just helping some needy family have a Thanksgiving turkey. Give to your church generously and support a year round program for helping meet real and worthy needs. Give to the missions programs of your church and denomination. Give to World Hunger. Please note! You can give and know that your total gift will be used to purchase food – administrative cost provided by the organization and personnel already in service. How? I’m glad you asked. Give a designated offering thru any church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. When there are real needs, our SBC agencies are usually on site first, and with the most. Ask the citizens of New Orleans about help during Katrina and Rita!

Happy Thanksgiving and a joyful Christmas Season.

You may contact E. J. Bradshaw at 337-238-0440;
Office Email: vernonbaptistassociation@gmail.com

Personal Email: bradshawef@bellsouth.net