Spring, Where Are You?

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REFLECTIONS by Jane[su_dropcap]D[/su_dropcap]ID YOU wake up this morning, looked outside, and thought wow! “Welcome spring! Um – where is it? It must be in the heavenlies because I don’t see it in my yard.” How about you? Are you waiting for spring? I live in Michigan and I love winter, when it’s time for winter, but I’m ready for some springtime. Looking out my window, though, I was thinking that this looks suspiciously like Thanksgiving time, not Spring Break time. This brings up a good question though? Thanksgiving was four months ago. I’m I still ThanksLiving?

1 Thessalonians 5 18 give thanks to GodLast week I was talking to a friend about looking verses up using a concordance. If you don’t know what that is, it’s like a roadmap for the Bible. You think of a word, like ‘thanks’ and when you look in a concordance all the verses in the Bible where that word is found are listed – like a thesaurus, sort of. Peering outside, I’m thinking we might want to look up ‘thanks’ today. Here are a few things I found as I started reading scripture that revealed a true spirit of thankfulness. It was steroids for the soul. If you’re looking for just one chapter to refresh you, try Psalm 107.  But here’s one of my favorites from the New Testament. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Whatever happens, keep giving thanks to God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.”

Four months ago, someone posted this fill in the blank question on Facebook;

I am thankful for ____________.[su_spacer]

It was Thanksgiving season back then, maybe a little easier to think about being thankful in all circumstances. Back then my answer was: I’m thankful for technology that brings far people close and erases the distance between friends and family…..I’m thankful for multiple methods of communicating with people I love and care about. Email, telephone, texting, social media. It occurred to me with snow piled up outside my door that it’s still spring, regardless of indicators. Am I still ThanksLiving?

Awhile back I heard a message in Colossians and highlighted this verse Colossians 4:8 “I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.” God puts people in our lives to fill a purpose and he puts us in the lives of others to fill a purpose. Life is a contact sport and it can beat us up, but we have relationships, we have each other. What can we do with that? Pay it forward. Remember all you are thankful for first, then take it a step further … show it to others through attitude and acts of kindness.

If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully. Romans 12:8

It might be cold outside, but your heart will be warm when you warm the heart of another. Today we can Talk, Text, or Type – which of these multiple methods will you use to encourage someone as an expression of your heart? I’ve been thinking a lot about the Pay it Forward principle…but more on that later. Just for today – think warm, think sun, think heart – enJOY this day.

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