Pre-Thanksgiving Thoughts

Today marks the second post for my thoughts on the sermon at church, which I’ve decided to called the Sunday Supposition. That being said, this particular post won’t correlate exactly with the sermon, it has more to do with my thoughts inspired by the sermon and throughout the day.

While I intend to post more about this topic on the actual day, I’d like to talk about an aspect of Thanksgiving that I feel is particularly important and often times over looked; BEING THANKFUL FOR THE SMALL THINGS.

I, sadly, don’t have the opportunity to see my family very often. We live on completely opposite sides of the country, so visits are very infrequent. However, while I’ve been here and spending time with them, I can’t be anything but joyful at just the simple fact that I get to spend time with them.

Today, outside of going to church, I got to see my cousin perform in a play for her school. Just having the opportunity to do that was awesome, and I wish I could do it more.

The lesson I’ve been learning is to sit back and find joy in the smaller things that you might be over-looking. Those are the things that will more than likely bring you the most happiness day in and day out.


A Greater Calling: Giving Yourself to the Needy

A weekly series that I think I’d like to start is every Sunday I’d like to discuss a topic of importance that I like from the service from church that day. While I understand that there might be a lot of people reading this that might think, “Woah now, I don’t go to church. What the heck, bro?”

Fret not, friend! I sincerely believe that the principles and ideas that we learn in church, should very seamlessly apply to our day-to-day activities. The things that are brought up, I hope, are things that every human-being can agree with.

That being said, if this is merely a tool to engage people in conversation, then I consider it to be a success. Conversation to my faith is not at all intended with any of these posts. That being said, let’s begin!

What does it look like to wholly giving yourself to something? If I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t think I can say. Sure, I’ve been extremely dedicated to something for a spell, but after a point either get sidetracked or slowly become apathetic to whatever it is that I’m doing. I was always, at some point, feeling very empty inside. Even doing things that could be considered “noble” or “admirable”, I just had that vacuum in my soul that I couldn’t understand. After reading through Isaiah 57 in church this morning, I discovered why.

Isaiah 57:9-10 read:

“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.”

After reading this section of scripture, I was immediately convicted of a much higher calling than what I have been living. Don’t speak badly of others, and completely give yourself to the “hungry” and “afflicted”. It’s a road that is very seldom traveled and one that is sure to probably be the most difficult, but I fervently believe in the words, “your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday.” Something to think about as you start your week.