It's Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for. I know that I do. Being thankful is such an important element of ministry and kids ministry. Today I have 5 things that I am thinking about Thanksgiving that relate to ministry.
1. “It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” –Tim Keller
I really like this quote. As a leader and a children's leader, I think it is important that we show thanks not only to God but to those with whom we work. Thanksgiving is more than a feeling it is an action. It is with word and deed we thank those with whom we work.
I was pretty surprised and amazed the other day. I showed a picture of Bob and Larry from Veggietales to my Discovery Ranger boys on our club night and they had no idea who they were. So this is probably new to a lot of people. It is the Thankfulness Song from "Madame Blueberry." It is an entire lesson on Thanksgiving. This one minute song is appropriate for today. I would suggest anyone who has not seen "Madame Blueberry" check it out. It is one of my favorite Veggietales episodes.
3. Psalm 28:7 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him."
4. Thanksgiving can be a fabulous time to bring our families together to give thanks. It can also be lost in the eating lots of food and watching endless hours of football. It is important to remember the origins of Thanksgiving. David Barton of Wall Builders has a short article that reminds us of our first Thanksgiving. https://wallbuilders.com/celebrating-thanksgiving-america/
I am so thankful this year and I just want to say how thankful I have been to serve under the leadership of many men and women of God. I am particularly thankful this Thanksgiving for the ministry of our District Superintendent Larry Liebe. After 40 years serving in our district office, he has announced his retirement to start in June. He has been a great leader and knows how to show thanks to those with whom he works. Thank you, Larry, for your leadership and example.