November Pastor’s Pen, 2016

Written by Pastor's Pen - November 14, 2016 0 Comments

The Pastor’s Pen

Charles Dickens once made the observation that many people seem to think that it’s enough to set aside only one day in the year to give thanks to God. He went on to suggest that it would be far better if we were to set aside one day for complaining and to use the remaining 364 days for giving thanks. If we were to do this, Dickens said, we would be far happier and the world would be a better place.

Dickens is right in suggesting that it’s wrong to limit our thanksgiving to a single day toward the end of November. It is also wrong to restrict our thanks to the confines of our prayers. Thanksgiving needs to find expression through our entire being: through our words, through regular worship, through deeds of love and service, and through our offerings.

It’s appropriate that, as members of St. Andrew, we give special emphasis to our personal stewardship during the month in which we celebrate our national day of thanksgiving. As we do so, it is important that we ask ourselves: Does the way in which I use my money reveal my faith and my level of thanksgiving to God, the Giver of all that I have?

Jesus had a great deal to say about money. He knew that money can be either a blessing or a curse – either a means for furthering our selfishness or an opportunity to express generosity and gratitude, love for God and others. Our hearts and lives are shaped more by our wallets and purses, investments and bank accounts, than we realize. Money can easily become a millstone around our necks, stripping us of our freedom to love others and to serve. One of the hardest things for us to give up is often our money. It should not be so for God’s stewards. When our offerings are a true reflection of our gratitude, then our giving will be generous and joyful.

Being aware of God’s generosity to us, let us follow Charles Dickens’ advice. Let us give thanks each day of the year – with our words, yes, but also by being faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.

With gratitude for your commitment to the ministry we share,

Pastor Selbo

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