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Cut Greed Cultivate Generosity

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Black Friday and Black Friday week ads are everywhere. 

I’m not immune to greed.

I want an iPod!  I’ve never had one.
I drive a ’96 minivan.  I want a new car.
I want  Batman: Arkham City.  It looks so fun!
I want Dave Matthews Band Eurpoe 2009 CD/DVD collection.  I love that band!
I want a bottle of Angel cologne.  It makes me smell so good.
I want a Wii to play games with Amy!

While we’re inundated with marketing strategies this week, I was determined not to shop for what I don’t need.  In order to cut my greed I decided to cultivate generosity by remembering what I was thankful for this past year.

Today as a family we read Psalm 107 to try to focus on our thoughts and feel thankful for the many blessings we have received.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story

I invite you to join us and for each person at your Thanksgiving gathering — who’s willing — to share a blessing from the past year. Maybe it’s been a really hard year.  The psalmist can relate. 

You are not alone!

“Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.”

Each of us has been blessed by God despite heart surgeries, eye surgeries, unemployment, aging, heartache, heartbreak, loneliness, hardship, mistakes and mishaps.

Another translation of that psalm expresses, “give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds.” 

Most of all I am grateful for the love of God whose loves never fails.

I believe that when we remember to feel thankful for the many blessings we have it’s easier to choose to be generous.  I’m cutting greed out of my week.  I’m replacing it with generosity. 

More tomorrow.

PS – No, that’s not my Christmas list!

Note – I quoted Psalm 107 from the New Living Translation and the New International Version.  They are here.

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