Tuesday, November 23, 2010

12 Days of Thanksgiving Challenge (Via thatpastorguy's blog)

Hey everyone! My hubby wrote this blog and I think that its something that we all should read. So here ya go.....

Ok everyone I wanted to throw out a challenge to you. I titled it the “12 Days of Thanksgiving Challenge”.
But before I describe what it is, I want to explain why.
Ya see, every year on Halloween night the Christmas ads start come on. Then next few days the store are all decked out. Then this year I even heard a radio station that went to ALL CHRISTMAS MUSIC on November 1st. Seriously?
Now don’t get me wrong I love celebrating the birth of Jesus, and I think that should be celebrated at all times of the year with our lives. But that’s usually not what is being offered or even talked about. It’s usually all about shopping, presents, making a Christmas list, Santa, two front teeth, and so on and so forth.
But I think there is a very important holiday that is being passed over. Maybe you guessed it with the title and all, but maybe not.
THANKSGIVING  - Ya know that holiday on November 24th?
Not that I am into Pilgrims and Indians but I am into being thankful. So many times we as typical Americans have this entitlement thing about us and we get more and more ungrateful for the things that we have been blessed with. We tend to look past the people that have helped us get to where we are now. We overlook the little things in life and never stop to be truly thankful for what we have, who we have, and everything in between.
So I present to you “The 12 days of Thanksgiving Challenge”
Sorry for all of you who thought you would get to eat pumpkin pie, turkey, and watch football for 12 straight days. It’s not about that.
What I wanted to challenge you with is for the next 12 days leading up to and including Thanksgiving go out of your way to tell someone “Thank You” but in detail. Thanks them for being the dad you never had, thank them for being there when nobody else was, thank them for _____________________________. You get the point.
So you in?
Come on you know you want to or even if you don’t you hate to back down from a challenge so go on. Make a list of people or just wing it, but for the next 12 days thank someone in detail for all that they have done for you. Wither big or little. Who knows maybe it could make their day, their month, or maybe even their year.
Have fun and remember to thank Jesus for making this all possible.

You can read more of his blogs at http://thatpastorguy.wordpress.com

Saturday, November 6, 2010


How do you treat the people around you at work? 
If I were to go to your work and ask your fellow co-workers how you act at work, and/or how you treat them and/or customers. What would they say?
Do you think they would have good things to report about you? Or, do you think I would hear otherwise....

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." (Matthew 7:12)

To sum it up, treat others how you would like to be treated. Please...put your self in someone else's shoes!
No ones perfect! Back when I was pregnant with my daughter, I worked at a credit union in Dallas, TX.
I look back at how I treated some people and I CrInGe! Oooo.... what was I thinking?
Christians, it takes more then being the church on a Sunday morning. Being a christian is NOT easy and we are NOT perfect. Its a day- to- day struggle sometimes. BUT, what are we reflecting to non-Christians when we treat them badly?

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. by Mahatma Gandhi.

Once again, Oooooo! That hurts! 

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things". Philippians 4:8

"Do all things without murmuring and disputing". Philippians 2:14

I challenge you to remember these verses. Put your self in someone else's shoes, stop whining, and treat others with respect and see where it gets you. I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised :)

Heres a article I found on some ways to do this:

Treating people with respect makes your world a nicer place to live in, whether it's at home, at school, or out in your community. And it's easy - all you have to do is treat people the way you like to have them treat you. Here are a few ideas. Don't insult people or make fun of them. Listen to others when they speak. Value other people's opinions. Be considerate of people's likes and dislikes. Don't mock or tease people. Don't talk about people behind their backs. Be sensitive to other people's feelings. Don't pressure someone to do something he or she doesn't want to do.

We live in a diverse nation made up of many different cultures, languages, races, and backgrounds. That kind of variety can make all our lives a lot more fun and interesting, but only if we get along with each other. And to do that we have to respect each other. In addition to the list above, here are some ways we can respect people who are different from us.

 Try to learn something from the other person. Never stereotype people. Show interest and appreciation for other people's cultures and backgrounds. Don't go along with prejudices and racist attitudes.