Celebrate Your Blessings

Celebrate Your Blessings

By Vicki Molinari  

Busy.  A simple word meaning "industrious, diligent, actively engaged or occupied.”  Busy chiefly stresses activity as opposed to idleness or leisure.

As long as I can remember, my life has been full; full of family, friends, school, work, church and more.  With those come commitments and much activity.  When I was single, my schedule was relatively simple.  Once married and then adding children, the responsibilities grew.  I thought that was what life was about, "the busyness".

Being a task-oriented person, I have never felt I could not manage the load, but instead do my best to carry the weight, even if it means working long days.  Often I find myself staying up at night to finish projects, balance the budget, plan family events, and simply finish the "laundry" of the day.  My days are bursting at the seams with "busy" and I find it not uncommon to get swept up in the chaos of life and lose sight of what really matters. 

My days are passing by so swiftly.  Lately, I have been challenged with this question. I can manage my busyness, however "How much time do I actually invest in God and in the people I love and care for, the ones God has placed in my life?" I am finding that busy is not always better and certainly is not God's best for my life.  God matters most, however people and relationships are given to me by Him, to nurture, love and enjoy. 

This amazing revelation is not new and certainly not "deep" by any means.  But I am determined to put down my "list" and spend some leisure time building relationships that last for eternity. How about you?

First, let’s embrace our relationship with God. May our hearts remain pure and passionate for HIM, always giving thanks.  Psalm 107:1 says, Give thanks to the Lord for His mercy endures forever.   

Next, let’s take time for those we love.  John 13:34 says “A new command I give you; Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another”. 

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and reflect on our blessings. Many of us experience renewed hope and encouraged faith during the Thanksgiving holiday because we turn our eyes onto what is most important. I love Thanksgiving, for more than just the yummy dinner. 

What if we spent time each day giving thanks and loving others? How God could grow our faith and trust if we lived a life of thanks through all seasons and not just Thanksgiving time!

In the weeks ahead, let’s be intentional, shall we?  Pursue God, enjoy each other and have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Celebrate your blessings!