Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Way to Say Thank You

I have much to be thankful for--a good marriage, peaceful home life, good relationships with family and friends, good health, opportunities.

But having much to be thankful for, makes me responsible for much. Because I'm in a good place right now (one never knows what a day will bring), I'm in a position (and expected) to help others who aren't. God wants me building others up, helping them do what He's asked, whether I feel like it or not. I need to fulfill obligations in every opportunity that comes my way, requiring time and energy. When I've been down, others have come alongside to pick me up, to keep me going. Now it's my turn.

“Let us remember that, as much as has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
Theodore Roosevelt
How do I thank God for His blessings?

Love His people.

Listen to them. Encourage them. Work for them. Show them how important they are to God. Be in their corner. Cheer them on. Feed them. Hold them up. Speak truth.

Love them.

. . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

Matthew 25:40
The best way to honor God, to offer Him true gratitude, is to love as He does.

Tall order? Sure, but He doesn't ask more of us than He's given Himself. And doesn't He deserve it?

Now it's your turn. What does this quote inspire in you? Write a post and link up here.


Miriam Pauline said...

Great quote to ponder this week! Thank you for hosting and for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Tami - So true, loving others as He would have us do, not as we "feel like".

Happy Thanksgiving.

mamas*little*treasures said...

Good morning Tami - great quote! So important for us to remember that although our salvation is a free gift through God's grace, we are responsible to serve others our of a heart of gratitude for His love, grace, and forgiveness. Thanks for hosting his week, Nina

Karen said...

We do have a lot to be thankful for. We can always come up with the "I'm not thankful for" list but we struggle with the thankful list. Not because its not there but because we fail to see what we should and can be thankful for. I took a different country road on the quote today but I enjoyed it just the same. Thanks for hosting.

Denise said...

Enjoyed your take on this quote.