Thanksgiving holidays are around the corner. I’m looking forward to holiday cheer and peace of mind as I specifically focus upon reasons to be thankful and move my thoughts to a more positive place. The nations problems, painful disappointments, and personal annoyances will still be here, but I’m not going to allow them to continue to take up space in my mind, at least for the time being I’m not.
Despite the frustration and resentment I feel about these things, some of which I’ve shared here, the truth is that I can do nothing about any of it. I can no more change people and their ways of thinking than I can change the weather. God has to do the actual changing; the only one I can change is myself.
According to God’s will, I sprinkle seedlings, someone else waters them — but it’s God who is in charge of making them grow.
Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” –Matthew 13: 1-9
My place and only responsibility when I’ve done all I can is to pray, be thankful, and focus upon my many blessings because these are so plentiful that they are hard to count. I know God will grow the seeds He means to grow.
On a more personal note, I got my kiddo well, but then she became reinfected again with an upper respiratory infection that everyone seems to have (they call this “allergies” down here in TX). Anyway, I’m busy cooking lots of hot meals for her and trying to get healthy fluids down her so she’ll be well for Thanksgiving. She’s got Thanksgiving break coming after tomorrow, and I’ll be very grateful for her company. I want to find some fun things we can do while we’re cooped up in the house with rainy, freezing weather. Looking forward to the peaceful break!
- How am I supposed to make a difference anyway? (jao0007.wordpress.com)
- Parables of Jesus – The Kingdom of God Part I (shoutingthemessage.wordpress.com)
- Scattering Seeds… (jerannon.wordpress.com)
- Thanksgiving. 2013. (mishasphotography.wordpress.com)
- I am Thankful (alliehaynes98.wordpress.com)