As last year drew to a close, it was filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  God has held you in the palm of His hand.  He has kept you for a purpose and now is the time for you to share those moments of appreciation with others.

We all want our lives to matter.   It’s the reason we do the things we do.  We chase promotions and leadership positions because we want to make a difference.   We encourage our kids to go to college, get a good job, and make lots of money, in hopes that they too will make a difference.

There’s nothing wrong with wealth or influence, but those things alone won’t change the world and they aren’t what we were made for.

We were made to build the church and our community (Ephesians 4:11-13).  God made each one of us with unique talents, personalities and skill sets.  And when we ask Jesus into our lives, we’re given at least one spiritual gift.  We get the most joy and make the biggest difference when we use our God-given talents, gifts and abilities to build the church and our community. (Ephesians 4:14-16).

So, let’s not forget to have a Giving and Grateful mindset and spirit to help someone else along the way to our better lives.

Wally Lamb’s “I cried because I had no shoes.  Then I met a man who had no feet,” conveys a simple message: count your blessings.

Continued Blessings,