November 2013- “What Makes Us Feel Loved?”

What makes us feel loved?

A gift…
A hug…
A thoughtful gesture, like when someone you love takes on something for you from your to-do list…

As human beings we have this capacity for love that is a grand gift from God, yet our humanity quite often acts as an obstacle to the love we are capable of giving and even to the love others want to show us.

We shut down our thinking, refusing new ways or ideas.
We make decisions centered around the needs we perceive as most urgent rather than what God knows and has revealed to us as most vital.

As we consider the gifts of family and friends during this Thanksgiving Season, will you ponder the mission critical task in your life: to love others with a thankful heart for who they are, just the way God has made them?

The temptation will always be present to walk through our days with bitter, disinterested or dissatisfied hearts. But,…

Time is short.
Life is God’s gift to us, with all the ups and downs we encounter in it.
Life is not perfect because we are imperfect.
Yet we are to get up every morning, with optimistic and thankful hearts, because of what Jesus Christ has done for us and all of humanity.

The Apostle Paul puts it best in his letter in the Bible to the Philippian Church, Philippians, chapter 2, verses 1-5:

1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.

During this season of Thanksgiving, will you love yourself and others with the mind of Jesus Christ?
What could you do to demonstrate thankfulness for the most important gift you have in your life- Jesus Christ?