Thursday, November 28, 2013

THANKSGIVING 2013: Thanks AND Giving!

THANKSGIVING 2013: 
Thanks AND Giving!
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Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."Right on, Paul that's good encouragement, for sure. But today, I find myself feeling particularly thankful for some truly amazing blessings.

I'm thankful and honored to have had the privilege today to serve for a little while alongside of some incredible and inspiring people from my church, East Coast Christian Center, in Merritt Island, Florida.

Nearly 100 volunteers began converging on the ECCC property early this morning. The mission — to share part of their Thanksgiving holiday with total strangers by preparing and packaging meals that will feed people in need, at home and abroad.

ECCC:
Serving hot meals for folks in need.
Although I did participate in today's mission, be sure that I'm not bragging on myself. I showed up late, left early and exerted minimal effort. I am, however, bragging (big time) on my church and my church family members. Because of their consistent commitment to connection and compassion, many folks in our local community enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving meal (with all of the trimmings) and they experienced the true meaning of the holiday. As for the 20,000 meals that were packaged today, hungry people around the world also will be fed. And I look forward to delivering much of that bounty along with my ECCC missions team when we travel to Nicaragua next week.

I've encountered countless people in recent years who have expressed to me a desire to find a church home and an interest in serving others — including missionary work. To that, I wholeheartedly encourage everyone earnestly to seek out a local church, lock in and get involved — especially during this holiday season. The boomerang blessings will be enormous.

So today, I'm especially thankful. I'm thankful to God for sending his son to serve as the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus Christ died for me, for you, and you, and even that creeper over there wearing the slightly stained Foghat T-shirt. I'm also thankful for my family, my friends, my church and for the opportunity to give back by serving others. (www.FeedingChildrenEverywhere.com)

-Christopher Long
(November 2013)


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