When we celebrate Thanksgiving, we typically get around a big table with our friends and family. We thank God for all we have been blessed with, and we enjoy delicious foods (usually in excess).
However, this Thanksgiving, I thought about it differently. I thought about the first Thanksgiving and what it celebrates; the Native Americans seeing the Pilgrims struggling and helping them to survive a difficult year. Had the Native Americans not acknowledged the Pilgrims needs, had the Native Americans not felt compassion and offered assistance, the Pilgrims would not have survived, and we would not celebrate this American holiday.
"A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor." (Proverbs 22:9)
Today, there are still so many people throughout the world that are struggling and in need, and God calls us to help them. Will we acknowledge them? Will we offer our assistance? Will they survive?
This year, in remembrance and appreciation for all we have, let's give back.
Let's go beyond acknowledging our blessings, and share them with those in need.
Please, Thank God for your blessings, but don't stop there.
"You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." (2 Corinthians 9:11)
One way you can reach out to someone in need is by sponsoring a child and ensuring that the child will have food, water, education, and discipleship. We are still trying to find sponsors for over 140 children at the Tullo Care Point at Awassa, Ethiopia.
If you would like more information on how you could sponsor a child or get involved at Tullo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (please check out our blog post "Vision Trip" from Oct 21, 2010 for pictures of children at the Tullo School that need your help).
"He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done." (Proverbs 19:7)
May the Lord pour out His blessings on you, and may those blessings flow abundantly from you to reach out to those in need for His glory. Happy Thanksgiving.