Gracious Living

Gracious Living

Thanksgiving has become time to celebrate family, food, football, parades, and shopping for the best deals.  For others it is a time of tradition.  It is also seen by some as the beginning of the Christmas Season.  It may be one of the busiest and stressful times of the year for some.  Perhaps in all our business we do not take or make the time to think about how we are blessed by God.  We say that we are counting our blessings and so we should because we are richly blessed.  Beyond just enumerating our blessings perhaps we should show our thankfulness for them by living graciously.

In Mark 9:35, Jesus told the Twelve, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and servant of all.”

We have been blessed and therefore we should take the time to bless others.  The greatest blessings are one’s that cannot be summed up on an adding machine but rather are the ones that we receive in service to others.  It is in serving others that we continue to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In serving others we find a blessing far greater than the things we can accumulate because we are drawing close to the heart of God and are doing what we were created to do.

Understanding that we have blessings reveals that there is one who is blessing.  It is God that is blessing us and not of anything that we have done or it would be earned.  During this season of Thanksgiving it is not as important to count the blessings you have but to be a blessing to others and receive a great blessing through serving others.  As we consider how we have been blessed we shouldn’t linger to long but rather begin to live graciously because of our blessing.  Grace is about receiving what we do not deserve and the response to this act of God is to live graciously with those in our lives.

It is my prayer that as we honor our traditions, celebrate with family, prepare for Advent, and yes appreciate our blessings that we remember the giver of those blessings.  Our God has exercised grace in giving us far better than we deserve, and allows us to be a channel of blessings as we serve others.  In serving others we demonstrate to God our recognition of blessings, and our thankful response is gracious living.  Since we are blessed may we live graciously that others may experience His grace?

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