President Audrey Neal
Greetings to all my sisters and brothers in Christ, Gratitude with an Attitude!
I think about the season coming upon us. Christmas displays are everywhere you turn these days. I really like holidays. They are times when people share conversation, laughter, dinners and gifts.
Although I look forward to my time with family and friends, there are some concerns. What if someone does not like what they get as a gift? What if the dinner prepared is not to everyone’s liking? What will we do in these situations? The thought came to me that it really is a matter of the heart, so I guess we all need to check our “Tudes” (that’s slang for attitude).
As worship leaders sometimes we lead the song, “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.” In this song it says, “Give thanks unto the Holy One for He is given Jesus Christ His Son.” If we are grateful to God for what He has done for us, and given us, then everything else should not really matter. We can enjoy one another’s company and thank God for family and friends, no matter how big of small our gatherings are or the contents of a gift.
Jesus is the best gift we could ever receive or give. When we bow our heads to give thanks over a big fat turkey, a juicy ham, or a small chicken, or when we open a gift, we need to have our hearts right with God and be grateful.
There will be so many people facing an empty place at their tables or around a Christmas tree. We need to pray for those families and then our wants will not be such a big concern. There are people fighting for their lives and praying for protection in other places and at home.
Every year most of us say we will have a change of heart and be more loving and giving. NOW IT IS TIME! That is what I hear the Lord saying in my spirit as I pray for others near and far. It is time to be concerned for others. We should reach out in any way we can. It is not that any of us want to be selfish or into ourselves, but we have to try harder so that the world sees the compassion, the mercy, and the love of God. This is how they can get the best gift from us, “Jesus.”
He can be found wrapped up in a smile, an encouraging word, or a baked apple pie for your neighbor. That will do wonders for you and them. I am going to work on an attitude adjustment and be more grateful. Will you join me? The season of giving is just around the corner.
But thanks be to God, who made us his captives and leads us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now wherever we go, he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God (II Corinthians 2:14, 15NLT).
Audrey P. Neal
Monday, December 29, 2014- One Day Session of the Woman's Baptist Educational
and Missionary Convention of SC- 10:00 am at the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist
Association Fellowship- Educational Worship Center, 3045 John G. Richardson Road,
Camden, SC 29020. The St. John Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor, Reverend Eddie
Moore will serve as our host. Registration is as follows:
Auxiliaries, Unions/Districts- $50.00; Churches- $35.00; and Individuals- $25.00. Please join us for a
spirit-filled end of year celebration praising and thanking God for our many, many blessings!
For questions please do not hesitate to contact us at (803) 422-2589 or (803) 603-5655. We look forward to seeing each of you in the near future.
Yours because of Christ,
Audrey P. Neal
Remember, “Only what we do for Christ will last.”