|Posted by Tina kadolph on December 1, 2012 at 12:45 AM|
Thanksgiving was only a week ago. It is always such a wonderful time spent with family and friends. I look forward to that time. For me, it is usually just my kids and their husbands. If we hear of anyone who doesn’t have a place to go, we always invite them over. This year we had just one sweet young lady join us. It is a time we reflect on the things we are thankful for. I’m always thankful for time with my kids and my husband – it is always special. I don’t live close to my mom or my brothers, so it has been years since we have had Thanksgiving together. But, I look on Facebook and see so many, feeling like I do – thankful.
The next day, or actually Thursday night this year, the shopping frenzy happens. People forget that earlier in the day, or the day before, they were thankful for what they had. Now they need more! People are ready to stand in a long line, camp out, run people over, or even fight, punch, and hurt someone, just to get a new TV. Or, for that matter, to get anything they think they have to have.
A super deal, really? What happened when we were just sitting around the table together being thankful? I wonder what God thinks as he looks down on America. Those around the world wonder, "What is Black Friday?" I hope they never learn or understand. I don’t even understand.
Meanwhile, many hope for just a warm meal or a place to lay their heads, and they are truly thankful if they get those things. There are those who are being trafficked and are praying that someone would rescue them out of this horrible situation. They would just be thankful to be free, while we run around like crazy trying to get a good deal on our third television set. Where are our priorities? Where are our thankful hearts? Why don’t we put our money or time into the greater things of God?
I've just started to do a online Bible study called "Greater" by Steven Furtick. As I get more involved with the cause of stopping human trafficking, I know that this is greater than me. I saw this study and thought, "This looks like something I'd like to do."
I just don't want to be ordinary, living in mediocrity, living life for myself, or worrying about how I look on the outside. I don't want to be wishing I had a better house, or that I had a nicer car or thinking about how things aren't going the way I'd like them to go – which of course is my way. I don't want to be getting frustrated with people because, again, things aren't going the way I envision. Wishing I had more money to buy more gifts. I do love to give gifts to people.
But, when I think of the hurting people in the world and how we are living our lives, I wonder are we living the greater life God planned for us, or are we stuck in mediocracy. Is this pleasing to God? I'd have to say no. He doesn't worry about how we look on the outside, he looks at what is on the inside. He doesn’t care how big our house is or how nice our car is. He cares about the oppressed, broken, and hurting people of the world.
As I start the study of "Greater," I know God has called me to do greater things. For me, he has called me into missions and to help with the fight against human trafficking. It is way beyond what I can do. I am coming to God with just a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. I’m waiting for God to fill the gap of what I have and where he is taking me. I’m waiting for Him to do greater in and through me. Thank you, Lord, and Steven Furtick for this timely study, at this exact time of my life.